18 years old Maliyah Waters was involved in a St Petersburg crash in which several passengers were ejected, and two of them passed away: 1-1/2-year-old Williah Walker, Waters’ daughter, and 16-year old Mar’ron Heatley. Both of them died in the area hospital after sustaining severe crash injuries.
Another toddler was severely injured but is in stable condition as of yet.
The St Petersburg crash caused passengers on board to be ejected, although the fates of another adult passenger and child (other than those mentioned so far), are uncertain.
Waters was charged for both child abuse (causing bodily harm) and aggravated manslaughter, although she was not in the driver’s seat when the accident happened. The passengers on board were apparently not wearing seatbelts, and the out-of-control 2017 Nissan Rogue SUV hit a palm tree in 6200-block, Tyrone Boulevard, St. Petersburg.
John Zurla, a local resident, was on his way back home and heard a thunderous, explosive sound outside. He rushed to find the car all too close to his house, crashed into a tree, and its occupants thrown off-board. Zurla’s neighbor spotted the 16-year-old Mar’ron Heatley under Zurla’s parked truck, which was almost 20 feet away from the site of the accident.
The police spokesperson from the local police department, Sandra Bentil, stressed the importance of fastening seatbelts while driving and pointed to the grave consequences of not doing so, as highlighted by the said incident.
Recklessness on part of drivers and passengers can have grave consequences for everyone in the event of a crash. To better safeguard your rights and interests in the case of an accident, you must ensure all safety practices, such as fastening the seatbelt are followed.
At Winters & Yonker attorneys law firm, we always encourage safe driving practices to better safeguard their positions in car crash cases.