A car filled with five teenagers crashed on Mitchell Boulevard in New Port Richey the other day. The 1999 Plymouth sedan swerved to the right, overcorrected, drove into the median, struck a tree and overturned, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver, Antoinette G. Fitapelli, 18, of New Port Richey, is in serious condition. Her passengers were Michell Fitapelli, 17, of New Port Richey, minor injuries; Janette Horn, 17, of Holiday, serious condition; Daniel Barnes, 17, of Holiday, minor injuries; and Donald G. Vanvlack, 17, of Holiday, minor injuries. The driver and Horn were taken to Bayfront Medical Center.
As I have said before, car accidents are the number one killer of our teenagers. Too many teenagers are injured in car accidents when another teenager is driving. Distractions among teenagers in the car play a large role in many of the car crashes.
If your teenager driving other teens, be responsible and have authority in your car. Don't interact with your passengers. Keep the music down. It could save your life or the life of one of your friends.
Car accidents change people lives forever. If you need information about your legal rights after being injured in an automobile accident, contact Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes. Attorney Noyes has been caring for clients for many years and understands the impact a car accident, motorcycle accident, workers' compensation injury or other personal injury matter could have on your life.
Attorney Noyes also recommends that all teenagers--drivers and/or riders--view the website, TaketheWheel.net. It was designed by teenagers for teenagers.