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Tragedy at St. Ambrose Church in Deerfield Beach Raises Question about Elderly Drivers

April 16, 2012

No one thinks for a minute that 88-year-old Mary Sczepanski intended any harm to 66-year-old Luciana Porto after church in Deerfield Beach last weekend. However, in a tragic accident that involved Sczepanksi mistakenly having her car in reverse, Porto was trapped beneath Sczepanski’s car and later died from her injuries.

The accident has again raised the perennial question in the South Florida area: Should drivers over the age of 80 have to take a driving test when they renew their license? Currently, Florida’s elderly are not required to do so. Advocates of senior testing argue that Florida has an extremely high rate of elderly car accident deaths. Supporters of the status quo counter that Florida has such a high rate because it is a state with a disproportionate number of seniors.

The debate is not likely to be resolved soon, but the tragedy at the Deerfield Beach church is a reminder that drivers of all ages can sometimes make mistakes that can cause injury or even death. If you have been injured in a car accident in Deerfield Beach because of a preventable “mistake,” talk with a lawyer as soon as possible to determine if you have a personal injury case. A good Deerfield Beach car accident lawyer will be able to walk you through the entire process and will work aggressively to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

The Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey team has tried more than 100 jury trials and obtained verdicts, judgments and settlements in excess of $100 million for their clients. . If you’re concerned that you can’t afford a Deerfield Beach car accident lawyer, rest assured that we work on a contingency basis—you don’t pay unless we win. For your free case evaluation, please visit or call 954-525-2345 today to schedule.