A wrong-way collision led to the death of a 29-year-old Florida woman on Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The crash is still under investigation, but there are reports that the deceased woman was driving in the wrong direction for nearly two miles before the accident.
Florida Highway Patrol is currently evaluating video footage that reportedly shows Shontel Nicole Chase driving on the wrong side of Interstate 275 and passing by a toll plaza in route to St. Petersburg. The woman’s car slammed into a pick-up truck around 3:40 AM. Jon Allen Mitchell was driving the truck and attempted to swerve right to avoid hitting Chase, but the vehicles collided head-on. Emergency responders pronounced Chase dead on the scene. Mitchell is in critical condition.
When Debra Chase first received news of her daughter’s death, she was completely inconsolable. Her fiancé, Clay Lavoie, told reporters that his future step-daughter had been facing a bright future after going through a difficult season of financial problems. “She had finally gotten on her own two feet,” Lavoie said. “She had gone through some hard times in the past. She just got her car paid off.”
Chase was working at Tim’s Barber Shop as a hairstylist before her death. Her family said she had planned to go out with a co-worker that night, but they were unsure why she would have been in Manatee County. Lavoie speculated that she may have gotten confused when she pulled onto the interstate from a rest stop. “It’s confusing down there even during the day.”
Prior to the fatal accident, Chase had racked up six driving citations. In early 2010, she was charged with driving under the influence and completed substance abuse counseling. Officials are still investigating what happened in the hours leading up to the crash and they have not said whether alcohol was involved.
The local community is grieving the loss of Chase, particularly those she knew from her time at Gulf High School and Tampa’s Paul Mitchell School. She had a very close relationship with her mother and she loved to spoil her dog named Wally. In just four months of working in the barber shop, she had made many friends. Manager Melinda Schneider said, “We lost a family member today.”
Tampa personal injury attorney Marc Yonker expressed his condolences to Chase’s family. “This is a tragic accident for our community and we are deeply sorry for the friends and family who obviously cared deeply for Shontel Chase.” As an attorney who frequently deals with the aftermath of major collisions, Yonker knows the heartache of auto accidents well. “There’s no way to prepare yourself for that level of grief. Each time I sit with a new family that has suffered a wrongful death due to an auto collision, it’s a fresh reminder that every day is a gift that we should not take for granted.”
Officials hope to retrace Chase’s last few hours to determine what caused her to drive on the wrong side of the interstate. Hopefully new information will at least offer some kind of explanation for the family who is left with many unanswered questions.
A common problem that people when they are dealing with legal issues, that they hire a very bad or inexperienced lawyer. However, there is a difference between bad and inexperienced, the inexperienced ones will try their hardest to help you but they won’t succeed, but the bad ones will not even show the slightest effort. Trust me, I have seen some bad lawyers throughout my career, and the interesting thing that I realized that their client doesn’t think that their lawyer is bad. That’s why I decided to make this article about some of the signs that indicate your lawyer is bad.
One of the few things that a client has to have with his lawyer is a good and healthy communication. If you want him to help you, you must tell him everything that he asks you. However, I have seen throughout my career some cases where clients were angry at their lawyer because they would not communicate with them whenever they wanted. The respond of those bad lawyers was that they will communicate when he thinks it is time. If you had experience with such lawyer, I recommend that you immediately find a new one because a lawyer should always be there for his clients. If he is not able to answer his phone right away, he should call you immediately when he has time on his hands.
Not Time for You
This is another clear indicator that your lawyer is bad. If you cannot make an appointment with your lawyer, that means that he has already a lot of other cases he is working on. In these situations, is better to find some other lawyer. Because even if he finds some time for you, it will be hurried and you will not be able to discuss all the important information.
Befriended with the Opposing Lawyer
It is very common for lawyers to know each other, however, there is a line that should never be crossed. Two lawyers should never become friends because that will influence their cases if they ever work against each other. If you see that your lawyer is a friend of the opposing lawyer, find some other because their friendship can jeopardize your case. So, it is very important that you do your research about a lawyer before you hire him.
You Didn’t Receive Money
This doesn’t happen often, but it can and when it does, you will know that he is bad because most likely he ran with your money that legally belongs to you. In some cases, clients don’t even realize that they can potentially earn money from a case. Some lawyers try to keep that information a secret so their client won’t ask for it. That way they can take all that money for themselves without you even knowing. To avoid such thing, ask him about everything that is involved in your case, and ask if there is any possibility of making money. If you somehow end up with no money, the best thing I can recommend to you is to sue him or report.