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Update on David Vanaman, first victim of Metro Parkway Extension Crash

November 27, 2012 | Category: Automobile Accidents | Share

David Vanaman was involved in a crash October 22, 2012, at the dangerous intersection of Metro Parkway Extension and Briarcliff Road less than 24 hours after the extension opened.  This intersection has no traffic signal even though it allows vehicles on Briarcliff Road to cross six lanes.  Under public pressure to get a traffic signal installed, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) contracted to have a traffic survey done earlier than they originally scheduled.  Attorney Randall Spivey issued the following release November 20, 2012:


The Vanaman family attorney, Randall Spivey, Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., has been updated by David Vanaman's wife, Chris, that late last week doctors removed his trachea tube and subsequently removed his feeding tube to try to get him on solid food and water. 

David Vanaman was the victim of the first crash, October 22, 2012, on the newly opened Metro Parkway Extension at Briarcliff Road. 

"Chris Vanaman indicated that David is talking, but uncomfortable, and gets his days and nights confused.  The physical therapy department is trying to get him to stand.  Overall, the doctors and the Vanaman family are happy with his progress.  They would prefer to have him home for Thanksgiving, but appreciate the community prayers and emotional support."  says Attorney Spivey.

On November 26, 2012 Attorney Spivey said the following:  "Since the November 20, 2012 news release, I am pleased to report that David has been transferred to Lee Memorial's Rehabilitation unit."

Traffic studies are continuing at the dangerous intersection of Metro Parkway Extension and Briarcliff Road.  Tanya King, Traffic Operations FDOT, confirmed yesterday, November 19, that her department requested a rush on the traffic study, but they have not seen any preliminary report from the outside engineering firm commissioned to do the traffic study.  She is not sure whether she'll have results before Thanksgiving or sometime after Thanksgiving, before Christmas.

Ms. King confirms they are following the national standards in doing this traffic study which involves using tubes across the road, as well as manual counting and field observation. They  are also doing 24 hour approach counts every 15 minutes; 8 hour turning studies, delay studies in terms of waiting time at its highest point and in making left turns.

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Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A.,  in Lee County at  239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to  Visit for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.


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