Christian Gonzalez, a 10-year old 4th grader from Valrico Elementary School, was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle driven by 65 year old Carlos Garcia. It is still not known whether the driver of the vehicle will face criminal charges. Garcia was driving a 2001 PT Cruiser at the time of the accident. Christian Gonzalez was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. The boy was struck in front of Town and Country Mobile Home Park, 1221 Valrico Road north of Dockside Drive, at about 7:45 a.m.
This type of tragedy is every parents’ worst nightmare. Now that school has re-opened in the Tampa Bay area, all drivers need to take extra time and precaution when approaching and driving through a school zone. A young life may be at stake and the few minutes you might save by speeding won’t be worth it if one of our young children is maimed as a result of careless or thoughtless driving.
Admitted to both the California State Bar and the Florida State Bar, Joseph Saunders has also practiced in the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals. His philosophy is to provide aggressive, quality representation and seek fair compensation for individuals and their families who have suffered injury or death at the hands of insurance companies, large corporations, medical providers or governmental entities.