Florida Real Estate Agent Dies after Being Struck by Metal Strip While Riding in Car
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL- Newyorkdailynews.com reported on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, that Peggy Musto, a Florida real estate agent has died from injuries she suffered in an accident on April 4th. On the day of the accident, Musto’s husband was driving on the Howard Franklin Bridge when another car drove over a 19-inch long strip of metal, propelling it into the air where it first struck the hood of Musto’s Lexus and then crashed through the windshield striking Musto in the head.*
Musto’s husband pulled the vehicle over immediately and Musto was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery in an attempt to save her life. After the surgery, 65-year-old Musto remained in critical condition until last Saturday when she died from the injuries.
Musto’s husband described her as a woman with an “amazing positive attitude,” and the family released a statement saying, “we are mourning the loss of our beautiful and spirited Peggy.”
Road debris causes thousands of car accidents annually sometimes leading to fatalities. Most of the time these accidents are the result of vehicles swerving to avoid debris in the road. In fact, as much as one-third of fatal car crashes are the result of cars attempting to avoid objects on the road such as tire fragments, tree branches and even less common items like sofas or trailers that had detached from vehicles.
Instances such as this, where a driver is traveling behind another vehicle that hits roadway debris causing the object to become a projectile, are less common. When road debris causes an accident, the person who caused the debris to be on the street is often liable. This means that if a person improperly loads their truck or fails to secure their cargo, they can be held responsible for damage caused as a result of the items that were left on the road.