Tourist Struck by Mattress in Freak Naples Accident

by Carmen Dellutri on April 27, 2012

Naples accident lawyerAs Naples accident attorneys, we are fairly certain that a recent freak accident can be attributed to negligence. Unfortunately, the police have been unable to find the person responsible.

As reported by News-Press.com, a tourist from Maryland was seriously injured when he was hit by a flying mattress and metal frame that fell off a vehicle. Igor Stacho, 50, of Maryland, is being treated for a fractured skull and spinal injuries, according to his wife, Katarina.

According to police reports, Stacho was walking on the sidewalk on the north side of Pine Ridge Road in North Naples just west of Interstate 75, with his friend, Vladimir Getzy. As they were walking, a vehicle traveling west passed them and the mattress and frame fell off and became airborne.

“The mattress struck Mr. Stacho directly on his forehead,” according to the report by Cpl. Chris Jordan.

Igor Stacho “was alert and responsive, but unable to answer basic questions such as day, date, president’s name, or any other obvious questions,” Jordan said. He was taken to Physicians Regional Hospital, where he was able to answer basic questions, but was unable to recall what happened, Jordan said.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the vehicle and driver to contact them. They are also reviewing video footage from traffic light cameras and checking with truck-rental companies.

From the account of the witnesses and police reports, it appears that this accident could have been prevented if the driver of the vehicle had properly secured the mattress. The driver, if located, could face a Naples personal injury lawsuit as well as criminal charges for leaving the scene of the accident.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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