A Live Oak Accident with a Semi-Truck Puts Two Teenagers in Serious Danger

Posted by: DFX on Dec 02, 2016

car crashesA terrible accident in Live Oak, Florida has shown us how serious it can be when an accident involves a semi-truck. The accident, which is described in the local paper in an article titled Two teenagers injured in semi truck accident, happened back in October but it’s still shaking the community.

According to the article, two teenagers sustained serious injuries and three vehicles were involved, including a semi-truck. The first victim was Kitty Song, from Live Oak, who was just 16 years old. She was driving a 2006 Honda Civic and had a passenger, 14-year-old Kyle Song, who was also from Live Oak. They were traveling down US Highway 129 at just before ten in the morning.

In front of Kitty Song, Jesse Howell, a 16-year-old, was driving in his SUV with a 44-year-old passenger named Valessa Howell. It appears that what happened is that Jesse stopped at an intersection because there was another vehicle there and he was trying to make a left turn.

Kitty didn’t stop, and ended up hitting the left rear of Jesse’s Honda with the front right side of her car. Her Honda then rotated and struck a semi-truck that was driving up to a mobile home. Kitty and Kyle were both flown to a Gainesville hospital and had serious injuries, though they were in stable condition within a few hours.

Jesse wasn’t injured at all, but Valessa did have minor injuries, which caused her to be treated at a local hospital. The semi-truck driver, 60-year-old Bernard Thrift, wasn’t hurt. There’s no question that everyone involved is lucky to have made it out of what could have been a very serious accident.

All of those involved are also likely wondering if they have options to recover compensation from anyone for their injuries and pain and suffering. Though this is technically a semi-truck accident, because it involved a semi-truck, it seems clear from the initial report that the semi-truck was not at fault.

However, the passenger in the Honda and both the driver and passenger in the SUV may have a case against Kitty Song, who failed to stop when she should have. There are a lot of questions unanswered, which is typically the case with any auto accident. However, one thing is clear: If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident then your next call should be to the Law Offices of Gilbert & Smallman.