In May 2010, 51-year-old Odette Kane and her father, Robert Kane, went
out to pick up a family dinner. They never returned. On their way home,
they were involved in a Boca Raton car crash.
Twenty-six-year-old Angela Stracar was high on oxycodone, alprazolam, alcohol,
and THC. She drove her SUV off the road and through the "Boca Isles
South" sign. The vehicle went airborne and landed on top of the Kanes'
car. The father and daughter died at the scene.
Drug-impaired driving in Palm Beach County is on the rise, but drugged
drivers are not only abusing street drugs such as marijuana and cocaine
anymore. Instead, police and
injury lawyers in West Palm Beach are seeing an increase in drug-related crashes involving prescription
drugs, especially the drugs alprazolam (Xanax) and oxycodone.
In 2010, there were 64 drug-related crashes in Palm Beach County-18 percent
more than in 2009. In Florida, there were a total of 1,236 drug-related
accidents in 2010. This pattern is unique to Florida. National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that marijuana and cocaine
are still the leading drugs involved in fatal wrecks throughout the United States.
The drugs that are most commonly involved in deadly Florida car crashes
are the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, followed by the pain medication oxycodone.
These drugs are often combined with alcohol and other drugs. Many times,
a painkiller, a tranquilizer or sedative, and a muscle relaxer are combined
and taken with alcohol. The combination can cause the driver to become
dramatically drowsy and lethargic; the combination affects both reaction
time and judgment.
Stracar has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI homicide,
but the charges don't ease the pain of Mrs. Kane, who still is mourning
the loss of her daughter and husband.
If you have lost a loved one to a Florida drugged driving accident, you
deserve compensation for your loss. An injury lawyer in West Palm Beach
can help you get justice. Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb,
P.A. at (561) 600-5605.