• February 22, 2023

Isaiah Baker Castellano Killed in Truck Accident in Clearwater, FL

Clearwater, FL -- February 17, 2023, Isaiah Baker Castellano was killed following an accident where a semi-truck hit him.

Investigators said that the incident happened at around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Old Coachman Road.

It appears that 19-year-old Isaiah Baker Castellano was on a skateboard along westbound lanes. He reportedly was in a crosswalk moving along a green light at the time. While crossing, police say a semi-truck ran a red light, hitting Castellano.

Isaiah Baker Castellano Killed in Truck Accident in Clearwater, FL

EMS took Castellano to a hospital where his injuries ultimately proved fatal. Police did not say if they were considering charges or citations. Investigations are ongoing at this time.

To be rather blunt here, I find it challenging to envision a scenario where this happens without the truck driver making a huge mistake. If the allegations are true, this kid was just minding his business in a crosswalk while this supposedly trained professional who's expected to be even safer and more skilled than the average driver somehow failed to do just about the most basic thing any driver can do: stop for a red light. So what the hell made this incident different?

Have authorities pulled cell phone records? Video evidence? Recorded witness statements and their information for future questioning? What about the history of the truck driver and their company? Has this sort of thing happened before? Are there preexisting issues like a lack of training or poor background checks which made something like this more likely?

As I said, the most likely explanation is that the truck driver messed up. It's just a matter of finding out how and why. Obviously, though, a proper investigation must also consider unusual possibilities. Is it likely that the truck driver did nothing wrong? Of course not, but it is possible. I'm not suggesting blaming anyone without clear evidence they did something wrong. But if I consider the hundreds of families I've helped in similar situations, I can't recall a single incident like this where things didn't end with someone facing serious consequences.


*We appreciate your feedback and welcome anyone to comment on our blog entries, however all visitor blog comments must be approved by the site moderator prior to showing live on the site. By submitting a blog comment you acknowledge that your post may appear live on the site for any visitors to see, pending moderator approval. The operators of this site are not responsible for the accuracy or content of the comments made by site visitors. By submitting a comment, blog post, or email to this site you acknowledge that you may receive a response with regard to your questions or concerns. If you contact Grossman Law Offices using this online form, your message will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential! You should not send sensitive or confidential information via the Internet. Since the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment, it is not possible to ensure that your message sent via the Internet might be kept secure and confidential. When you fill out a contact or comment form, send us an email directly, initiate a chat session or call us, you acknowledge we may use your contact information to communicate with you in the future for marketing purposes, but such marketing will always be done in an ethical way.