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One Dead and Two Seriously Injured After Driver Rear Ends Men Pushing Disabled Car

A news item about a serious accident in Palm Beach County caught my eye as a Hollywood car accident lawyer. According to the Palm Beach Post, one man was killed and two others sent to the hospital in critical condition after a car hit them as they pushed their car along a major road in Jupiter. The rear-end crash killed Bradley Cooper, 28 and of Jupiter Farms. His twin brother, Brett Cooper of Palm Beach Gardens, and their cousin, 22-year-old Tyler Wolf of Jupiter, sustained life-threatening injuries and are hospitalized at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The crash also caused minor injuries to Kylia Reynolds, 22, Lisa Godfrey, 38, and Kelly Mettille, 31.

An anonymous woman who said she was a cousin of the victims said they had decided to go for a walk on the beach around 1 a.m. on Feb. 7. However, they reportedly ran out of gas on Indiantown Road, near the exit from Interstate 95. The three men got out of the car and began pushing, leaving Godfrey, of North Palm Beach, at the wheel and Reynolds, of Palm Beach Gardens, in the front seat. Meanwhile, Mettille, of Jupiter, exited Interstate 95 and headed east on Indiantown Road. She apparently didn’t see the disabled car in time to evade it and rear-ended it, hitting all three men as well. Bradley Cooper died at the scene and the other two men remained hospitalized as of Feb. 7. Mettille did not face criminal charges as of that day.

As a Weston auto accident attorney, I am interested in whether that might change. It’s not clear from the article whether Mettille is at fault, and a lot might depend on whether the disabled car was well lit enough to be visible. However, even if the police do not end up filing charges against her, the families of these young men may still be able to hold her legally responsible for her actions through the civil courts. If Mettille is found to be at fault, or mostly at fault, the injured people and their families can sue her for compensation for all of their injuries and damages. That includes all of the medical costs for Brett Cooper and Tyler Wolf, which unfortunately could be quite high. It also includes damages for the permanent loss of Bradley Cooper’s love, aid and income.

At Cohn, Smith & Cohn, we represent people who are in similar situations, seeking to recover damages for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence. In fact, human error is by far the most common cause of auto accidents – and car accidents are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 34. When they don’t kill, they can often cause very serious physical injuries leading to permanent disability. Our Davie auto accident lawyersrepresent families dealing with the personal and financial fallout from this kind of injury. We help our clients get the best possible financial recovery from the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. That’s money they can use to make ends meet while they cannot work, pay for ongoing medical care and be fairly compensated for a life-changing injury.

If your family has suffered a serious injury or a death because of someone else’s bad decisions on the road, you should call Cohn, Smith & Cohn today to see how we can help. For a free, confidential consultation, send us a message online or call our main Pembroke Pines office at (954) 431-8100 today.

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