An Oct. 26 car accident in Hillsborough County has left five people dead, including two children. The accident occurred on SR 574 shortly before 10 p.m. A westbound Volkswagen Golf lost control near Coconut Palm Drive, crossing the median into oncoming traffic. A head-on collision resulted as the Golf hit a minivan before rotating and striking two additional automobiles. The Toyota minivan caught fire.

The reason for the loss of control with the Volkswagen was not clear at the time of the accident although the car was speeding. Officials do not believe that the vehicle was racing. The 22-year-old driver and his 19-year-old passenger died at the scene of the accident. The minivan was driven by a 39-year-old woman and carried four minor passengers. The driver perished in the accident. A 9-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister were later pronounced dead at an area hospital. The two teens riding in the vehicle survived but were listed in critical condition. The driver of one of the other affected automobiles suffered serious injuries, but the occupants of the remaining vehicle did not suffer any injuries.

The incident resulted in closure of the road until the following morning. Vehicles were removed at 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, and traffic was allowed back onto the roadway at approximately 4 a.m. Some car accidents can require extensive investigation, which may include photography, taking measurements, and obtaining statements from witnesses. This information is typically used to pinpoint the cause of a wreck and to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

In this type of a situation, the surviving family members of a person killed in a car accident might wonder about their legal remedies if the at-fault driver has also died. An attorney might seek compensation on their behalf by naming the negligent driver’s insurer and estate as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit.