Downtown Jacksonville was the scene of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian. The driver that struck the pedestrian was unconscious at the time, possibly a health-related issue. A 55-year-old woman was struck when a vehicle drove through the intersection of Union and Laura Street and left the roadway. The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses reported the man was unconscious. The driver regained consciousness and was cooperating with the police. The woman was transported to UF Health with serious injuries. She died from injuries sustained in the crash. This tragic scene is a reminder that unchecked health issues may be deadly behind the wheel. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition? The Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor vehicles estimate that 10% of traffic accidents are caused by medical conditions. Cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, dementia and mental illness are just a few of the conditions which may increase the risk of a driver being involved in a serious traffic collision. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition?

Signs of impaired ability to drive may include dings, dents or scratches on your loved one’s vehicle.

Does your loved one have trouble explaining the damage to their vehicle?

Does your loved one become easily confused or even get lost in familiar areas?

Are they taking medication that may impair their driving?

Does your loved one have a problem with alcohol or illicit drugs?

Have you noticed your loved one driving poorly or recklessly?

Anyone can report a driver who may be unsafe to drive as a result of a medical condition. The report is confidential under Florida Law. Your identity is protected. It is always difficult to report a friend or loved one but consider it to be a “tough love” decision that may prevent a serious crash and save a life. Learn more at https://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/brochures/medical_brochure.pdf

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