Per recent news reports Socorro Evans a 48-year-old Cocoa resident died on Wednesday Nov. 24 after sustaining injuries from a rear-end collision that occurred around 9:12 p.m. on Grissom Parkway near Sharpes Florida. Evans was driving a Mitsubishi SUV north on Grissom when a Ford driven by Katrina Johnson 24 approached the rear of the SUV at a high rate of speed and attempted to swerve to miss hitting the SUV. The Ford clipped the rear of the Mitsubishi causing the SUV to spin onto the east shoulder where it hit a sign and rolled over several times resulting in Evans and her children being ejected from the SUV. Evans later succumbed to her injuries at Wuesthoff Medical Center in Rockledge. Her sons 11 and 9 were transported by air ambulance to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando. The 11-year-old suffered serious injuries; the 9-year-old had minor injuries. Both were last listed in stable condition. Johnson had minor injuries but did not go to a hospital. A blood sample was taken from Johnson. The accident is being further investigated.
Fatal accidents are always tragic regardless of the way in which they may have occurred. However it seems that fatal holiday accidents often seem more devastating since a family that expected to celebrate the holidays must now grieve the loss of a loved one. Fatal auto accidents can have many causes and consequently possibly more than one liable party. If alcohol may have played a role in this particular accident a negligent bar or restaurant may bear partial liability for the accident although Florida dram shop law is somewhat stringent in comparison to dram shop law around the country. However such an issue would likely be looked into by an independent investigation in order to identify all liable parties so that justice could be served.