A 67-year-old woman was killed, and her husband remains hospitalized after a crash early Sunday morning at the Kernan Boulevard exit from J. Turner Butler Boulevard, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Traffic homicide investigators say a vehicle southbound on Kernan at 2:10 a.m. failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection and struck the driver-side door of a car driven by the deceased and her husband. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Her husband sustained life-threatening injuries. Police did not provide any information about the other car or its driver, saying the accident report is not available yet and there is an ongoing investigation.
According to Florida Statutes 316.123 (2) (a) Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop at a marked stop line. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely.
In such cases, it is essential to examine why a driver failed to stop at the stop sign. Was he or she impaired, distracted, inattentive, or fatigued? It is also crucial to look into whether a dangerous condition at the intersection may have caused or contributed to the incident. Accident investigations can become lengthy and complicated. Download our free auto accident glovebox brochure to keep in the car in case you are ever in an accident.