Tampa police have launched an investigation to try and determine the cause of a fatal accident at the city’s sweeper facility in late December. While details are still emerging in the case, officials have reported that the accident happened at the facility on Maritime Boulevard. Pablo Femenias, age 52, and Gregory Robinson, age 46, were both working at the facility at the time of the accident.
Femenias had parked a dump truck below a sweeper station, where it was filled with dirt from a front-end loader operated by Robinson. Officials say that when the truck was full, Femenias drove a short distance and parked 40 feet away, in a direct line behind the front-end loader where Robinson was still working. After parking the dump truck, Femenias exited the vehicle and began working on the left rear side. That’s where he was standing when he was hit by the front-end loader. The impact pinned Femenias between the loader and the dump truck.
Officials say that Robinson tried to administer CPR to save his coworker, but ultimately, it was too late. “Mr. Femenias was pronounced dead at the scene.” Emergency workers took Robinson into the hospital for observation. Investigators are still working to understand the moments leading up to the accident, but it seems that it was a tragic mistake where Robinson didn’t see Femenias behind the loader until it was too late.
“This is a sad day for our city,” said personal injury attorney Marc Yonker of Winters and Yonker law firm. “Accidents like this are hard to understand and they leave behind so many unanswered questions. We offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Femenias during this difficult time.”
Meanwhile, the man’s family is struggling cope with the sudden loss. In a GoFundMe campaign, his daughter, Elizabeth Vera-Gomez, wrote about her heartache very candidly. “My heart continues to beat but I don’t feel alive. How do I explain to my children that their grandfather will no longer be coming home?”
The community has rallied around the Femenias family during their time of loss, providing donations to help the family that is struggling without a father’s income. Many Tampa friends contributed to help pay for a beautiful service for the man who was well loved by all who knew him.
When freak accidents like this happen, it can bring up a number of questions for everyone involved. If you have lost a loved one due to a tragic and unexpected accident, consult with a wrongful death attorney to find out if compensation is available. In some cases, the family of a victim will be eligible to receive pay-outs for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. A Tampa wrongful death attorney can help you navigate the legal process and determine if you are a good candidate to pursue a lawsuit. Time is critical in these situations and it’s important to contact an attorney immediately after the accident to find out more about your legal options.