Speeding, and distracted by his in-car laptop, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Gustavo Reyes rear-ended a Jeep on Interstate 75 on February 5, 2013, ejecting a North Fort Myers couple and causing the wife to lose her unborn baby boy. According to the accident report, just seconds before the crash, Trooper Reyes opened msn.com on his laptop computer and read two emails on his Outlook account. Earlier this week, a Lee County judge found Reyes guilty of careless driving and suspended his driver's license for six months. The couple is looking into legal action against FHP.
The McClure family was driving south on I-75 when Trooper Reyes clipped their Jeep, causing it to overturn several times. Christopher McClure, 29, suffered five broken ribs and a broken collarbone, while his 28-year-old wife, Crystal, was thrown from the car and suffered critical injuries. The crash punctured Crystal McClure's lungs, knocked out her teeth, fractured her hip socket and crushed her pelvis and both legs. The couple's unborn child, who was to be named Christian, was stillborn following the crash. The McClures' 18-month-old son, Christopher, was not seriously injured. Crystal McClure has had several surgeries since the accident and remains in a wheelchair. The McClures' have accumulated $500,000 in medical bills and have no insurance.
Now that the Judge has ruled, Crystal McClure says she is working to forgive Reyes and move on. Reyes is currently on desk duty pending the completion a FHP administrative investigation. If you or a family member is in need of legal advice concerning a Florida auto accident caused by someone else's fault, the lawyers at Heintz & Becker are available for a free, no-obligation consultation.