Imagine you are a worker at a Farmers’ Market servicing your stand and all of a sudden you hear an out of control car come your way, or imagine you are a pedestrian at corner and an inattentive truck driver barrels towards you. All of us would try to avoid the oncoming vehicle, but one 42-year-old man working at a fruit stand on the south side of Jacksonville did not have the chance.
Tragically, the man attending his fruit stand on the Southside was killed yesterday in a car accident that involved an out of control car. The 42-year-old man was working at his fruit stand on Jacksonville’s Southside on the corner of Powers Avenue and Toledo Road. As the man was tending to his fruit stand, a BMW that had spun out of control slammed into the man and demolished the fruit stand.
The 18-year-old driver pinned the 42-year-old between a parked car and the driver’s own. The man working the fruit stand was severely injured and was taken to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, the 42-year-old died at the hospital. The out of control car also hit two other by-standers. One was a 7-year-old boy who was also taken to a hospital. The 7-year-old was reported to be in critical but stable condition.
According to investigators the BMW, driven by an 18–year-old, was driving south on Powers Avenue and for some reason left the road and hit a pole. After the car hit the pole, the car began to spin out of control and hit three people including the 42-year-old and 7-year-old. The car accident is still under investigation and charges against the driver are pending.