A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Wednesday, September 23rd on behalf of Hannah Krajewski and Devaughn Gresham. Krajewski, 21, and Gresham, 23, were killed when a semi-truck slammed into them on I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida earlier this month. It’s an area of the interstate that’s been under construction for months.
The father of Krajewski, has a message for all truck drivers — slow down and be careful.
“I never want to see this happen to anyone else again. It was senseless, and it never needs to happen again,” said James Krajewski.
Krajewski and Gresham were heading into Jacksonville for a date night about 10 minutes away from the downtown area when the semi-truck rounded the curve at the Lem Turner exit, lost control, hit the center median and slammed into the Kia Optima, driving it across the highway and into the guardrail.
Gresham had recently graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Krajewski graduated from Orange Park High School.
The Kia became a mangled mess. It shows how fast and impactful the accident was. The crash report from Florida Highway Patrol has limited information but it says that charges are pending on the outcome of the investigation.
“The rules are the truck driver has to slow down and use extreme caution in weather, in the rain, on wet roads. The rules are you have to slow down in construction zones,” Pajcic said.
Pajcic said the semi-truck driver was going at least 70 miles-per-hour, which is 10-miles-per-hour over the speed limit.
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Transportation said the stretch of I-95 between Norwood and Edgewood Avenues is being resurfaced but added that there was no construction being done the night of the crash.
Unfortunately, these type of truck accidents are far too common. Our hearts here at Schrier Law Group go out to the families of the two deceased.