LAKE WALES, Fla. — Two people have been killed after a Cadillac driven by a Haines City, Florida, man ran a red light and was struck by a semi-truck.
According to the Lake Wales Police Department, the accident happened at around 2:58 a.m. on Monday, May 8, on U.S. Highway 27 at Washington Avenue in Lake Wales.
Two passengers in the Cadillac — 24-year-old Gary Faniel Jr. and 23-year-old Javarcea Morton, both of Haines City — were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Cadillac driver, identified only as a 40-year-old man, and the semi-truck driver survived the crash, police said.
The accident is under investigation.
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How tragic but why are news articles , such as this, nearly always making it seem as if the truck driver is the bad guy? The headline of this article should have stated “Driver of Cadillac responsible for 2 deaths running red light “. Why is it slanted, the big rig wasn’t responsible for obliterating the Cadillac. And that driver will now bare a burden for the rest of his life. Why not Cadillac driver causes crash and psychological damage to big rig driver!
I wholeheartedly agree with you on that! The irony of this is that the driver that ran the red light is fine- lets hope he has a conscience for when he faces the parents of those “”HE”” killed.
So true! slanted to the T. The guy who blew the redlight is the person at fault! they need better writers for this paper!
Well the Cadillac RAN the red light!! what could the big Rig do? He. can’t fly🤔😓 The media can be redictulious!!😓
the truth of the matter is with the way that headline sticks out it GRABS YOUR ATTENTION!… More readers will read on just bcuz of this catchy title, yes the article states that the Cadillac driver was at fault. But when you write something especially for a news article; that heading to that article can either make or break that story! You see how ALL of you are stuck on that heading?
Because it GRABBED your attention, isn’t this the way your supposed to write? Your basically selling that news article to as many readers as possible. Just like a billboard on the side of the interstate, your going to remember that place from that amazing billboard sign you seen 30 miles back, but ur not going to remember that old boring falling apart one that was only ten miles back! It’ all on how you take it, everyone has their own opinion some people can comprehend and others well… Maybe they will one day. Just saying, because the way that article was written in the heading was enough to make me send to myself so that I could read the article later with out losing it. There’s nothing that people can or can’t say today without being ridiculed from it because for some stupid ass reason EVERYTHING that you can say or do will OFFEND SOMEONE somewhere no matter where you are! My condolences are for the families of everyone involved in this accident!… RIP…
I totally agree. It should have been all about the cadillac running the light. And sympathy to the big rig driver for having to endure such tragedy.
Facts! Facts! Straight facts!
Just the facts!
very well put linda. and thank you! they never show the true data. I’ve been out here for 30 years and over 6 million miles.. and this very topic has always bothered me.
While what Linda stated is true, one thing about truck drivers, which I am for 34 years,is that they always embellish the truth, thump their chests so to say. With that said I think YOU need to do the math on your trucking career. It just doesn’t add up, have a great rest of your day.
yes we’ll said Linda. and thank you for noticing. I have been doing this for 11 years and it’s concerning how the lawyers and public want to crucify trucks for crashes that could have been avoided simply by others as well truckers following the laws. I see way more 4 wheelers breaking the speed limits then truck yet trucks seem to always be at fault. seeing the photo of the caddy its a safe bet that speed played a factor in the crash as well.
I agree Linda! I also want to say, why say that in the headline “2 killed after big rig obliterates Cadillac” …………. the poor family of the 2 that died that have to read that!!!!!!!!
The article headline may not be the best but the article clearly states that the driver of the Cadillac ran the red light, not the semi.
Thank you for the truth!
It’s a shame that the headline makes the truck driver seem to be at fault. He didn’t run the light .It was the driver of the caddies fault. A lot of people think if you drive a Cadillac you are safe and infallible and this just proves the only thing to do is obey the lights no matter what sort of vehicle you are driving.
What!!! Did you people read the article or are you just going off the headline. The article said the car ran the red light its not rocket science as to who was at fault. I live in Haines City and know the families and know they are hurting so before you comment on something read and get the facts straight or don’t comment.
That looks like a yard jockey tractor that hit the Cadillac. I didn’t think jockey Trucks could go that fast.
the Cadillac ran a red light and HAD to be speeding. the speed limit where this accident happened is 45 with an active construction zone within half a mile of it.
it wasn’t even a big rig it was a “yard dog”, nowhere near as big as a semi but that wouldn’t do justice to their agenda would it?
Linda, thank you for your comments. I too am a driver here in Florida. I see way to many times where drivers of all types of vehicles are not safe. I did read the article and my heart goes out to the parents of the two young children, as that is what I consider them. God bless all who travel the world and be kind to each other.
Yard trucks that are street legal can go that fast, they must be able to keep up with traffic. A company I work for had one and we had to take it on highway to get it to rental company for servicing.