Two teenagers were sent to a local hospital and were listed as being in critical condition after a serious accident near Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The crash reportedly occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Ray Road. Police officials said a 17-year-old and 15-year-old were driving a Toyota Corolla and stopped at Ray Road heading west, but failed to yield for a Hyundai that had the right of way on U.S. 1. The 17-year-old attempted to cross the northbound section of U.S. 1, and the Hyundai did not have enough time to stop. This caused the Hyundai to strike the Corolla’s left side, causing the latter vehicle to careen across the westbound traffic lanes and into a ditch.
The Hyundai rotated and ended up resting in the grass median of U.S. 1, facing toward the southeast. Meanwhile, debris from the accident flew up into the front and the windshield of a Jeep Wrangler, which was sitting in the paved center section of the U.S. 1 median. Three people were injured in the accident.
According to nearby residents and students, many locals have been concerned about this intersection for some time. They say drivers tend to either attempt to “gun it” through the intersection or hesitate to turn. Students have often said the area needs to have a stoplight for greater safety.
As the intersection is right now, it’s the responsibility of motorists to make sure they are yielding the right of way appropriately to others on the road. Should they fail to do so, they could be liable for any accidents that result.
For more information on how to proceed after a failure-to-yield accident, speak with a trusted Jacksonville personal injury attorney right away.
Attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.