(The AEGIS Alliance) – It was an awkward situation.
A woman driver on a Florida interstate swerved to evade a sofa that flew onto the road from a truck, and also got a $166 ticket from state troopers while resting on a healthcare facility bed after her car crashed.
Jake Singer as well as his girlfriend, that asked not to be identified, were driving home to Washington, D.C. on February 20 after going to visit family members in Boca Raton, they informed. They made it about 90 miles north on I-95 when a couch fell off of a truck right in front of them, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
Singer’s partner swerved to stay clear of the sofa, and also the pair’s vehicle crashed right into a median. It flipped over, but Singer and his girlfriend got away without significant injuries.
“People were hugging us and freaking out,” Singer informed the Sun-Sentinel “The fact we were standing there, nobody could believe it, including us.”
No other automobiles were involved, and also the truck lugging the sofa continued on driving as though nothing occurred.
The pair were both rushed to a medical facility, however, they quickly had an unwanted visitor: a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Flint who ticketed them $166 for “failing to drive in a single lane.”
“He gave us a ticket for basically swerving lanes while trying to avoid a couch that was flying at us on the highway,” Singer said. “We got so pissed.”
But a Florida Highway Patrol representative stated the pair needed to be further behind the truck to provide themselves time to safely drive around any kind of flying objects.
“You have to look at the totality of the circumstances,” trooper Yanko Reyes said. “Remember, in Florida, it is recommended to have at least a two-vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you because that way you have enough time to react in case something like this happens.”
Kyle James Lee – The AEGIS Alliance – This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.