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Brandon Gidado Killed in Car Accident on St. Johns Parkway in St. Johns, FL

St. Johns, FL — Police identified Brandon Gidado as the man who was killed in a single-vehicle accident in St. Johns, Florida, on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The accident took place on St. Johns Parkway, near N. Arabella Way.

Police say that the 20-year-old Gidado was traveling with three others when their vehicle drove off the road and crashed into a tree. Gidado was the only person killed in the accident. Two others — 20-year-old Robert Borde and 21-year-old Mitchell Garner — were taken to Memorial Hospital and Baptist Hospital, respectively, with minor and non-life-threatening injuries.

The fourth individual inside the vehicle — 21-year-old Matt Bolen, was not injured.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined, although police say that Gidado was not wearing a seat belt at the time. The accident is currently under investigation.

Scene of the Accident

View from the Road


I didn’t witness this accident happen, so I couldn’t really say what caused it, or where the ultimate blame lies. However, in similar accidents I’ve seen in the past, the crash is sometimes caused because of unsafe driving. In those cases — and that may not be the case here — the driver is held responsible for any injuries suffered by his passengers. People often forget that drivers owe their passengers a certain duty of care, and can be held liable when they fail to live up to that. Again, we don’t know for sure what happened here, so hopefully police will be able to shed some light on the matter in the coming days.

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