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Doesn’t Two Murders At Ocala Apartment Complex In 18 Months Suggest Negligent Security?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Negligent Security

Doesn’t Two Murders At Ocala Apartment Complex In 18 Months Suggest Negligent Security?

The wesh.com website is reporting that U.S. Marshalls in Georgia have captured a 21-year old  man accused of killing 23-year-old Antonio Jones at the Spring Manor Apartment complex in Ocala a couple of weeks ago.  Apparently, Mr. Jones and the shooter got involved in some kind of argument that unfortunately escalated into a shooting, and subsequent wrongful death. As an Orlando negligent security lawyer who has represented many people who have been shot (and sometimes the families of those who have been killed) in the common areas of apartment complexes, the most interesting part of the story from my perspective is the fact that the Spring Manor Apartments was also the scene of a shooting/murder in July 2013. As should be well-known to any regular reader of this blog, apartment complexes are legally responsible for securing their properties, residents, and guests based upon what they know about crime on their properties, as well as what they know about crime in the areas around their properties.  To me, having a shooting/murder occur at your apartment complex should tell the management at the apartment complex that something is lacking regarding security.  It would seem to me that a reasonable and responsible management organization would take steps to beef up security.  Such steps might include putting fencing around, and gates at the entrance of, the complex, and having more security guards patrolling the property and providing more of a visual deterrence. The senseless murder of Antonio Jones only happened 18 months after the prior murder.   I have to wonder how much security was in place at Spring Manor on December 29, 2014.  Evidently, not enough. If you have questions regarding an apartment complex shooting or negligent security case anywhere in Central Florida including Ocala, Orlando, or Winter Park, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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Ejections Are Common For Passengers Riding In Pickup Truck Beds

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Tragedy struck the family of 17-year old Kyle Lay last Friday when the teenager was ejected from the bed of a pickup truck during a traffic accident.  WFTV.com is reporting that the crash occurred in Ocala near the intersection of SW 95th Circle and SW 93rd Court, at a Walmart driveway. Apparently Joseph Minieri operated his SUV in such a way that it was caused to collide with a pickup truck being driven by Christine Hill.  Kyle Lay was riding in the bed of the pickup.  Upon impact, Kyle was thrown from the truck, hit a tree, and tragically passed away. It goes without saying that our hearts and prayers go out to Kyle Lay’s family.  It is never easy to lose a family member, but the loss of a child is always particularly heartbreaking.  The report from WFTV does not say why Kyle was riding on the open road in the bed of a pickup truck, but this is obviously not the safest place for anyone to ride.  As experienced Florida truck accident attorneys, we have seen far too many pickup truck passengers be ejected from truck beds and receive major injuries or be killed.  The safest position is obviously in the cab of the truck, buckled in with a seatbelt. Although money obviously cannot bring back a deceased family member, the Florida Wrongful Death Act allows for the recovery of damages when a family member is killed as the result of negligence.  For that reason, I am hopeful that Mr. Minieri carried bodily injury liability coverage. In the event that he did not, or that he had inadequate liability insurance, I am hopeful that Kyle’s parents carried Uninsured Motorist coverage, or that Uninsured Motorist coverage was carried on Christine Hill’s pickup truck.  Uninsured Motorist coverage can often make a huge difference in the lives of a family when there is not enough bodily injury liability...

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