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Brake Failure Cause of Early Morning Rollover Crash

SPRING HILL – An elderly man is recovering at a local hospital this morning, after the vehicle he was driving overturned on Deltona Blvd.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 72-year-old Thomas Bernard Mulhearn was traveling southbound, approaching Forest Oaks Blvd, when his brakes failed – causing him to veer away from stopped traffic.  As a result, Mulhearn’s vehicle overturned in the northbound lanes and came to rest against a lawnmower and store front sign.

Fire Rescue extricated Mulhearn from the heavily damaged vehicle and he was transported to oak Hill Hospital for treatment.

Mulhearn was cited for having defective equipment and failing to provide proof of insurance.

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  • HCSO IS hard up for money….

    Sunday, 23 August 2015, 4:20 pm
  • Hawkeye, my point was how would you know your brakes are defective until they stop working? Nobody drives a car not knowing if it will stop when you need to. Spontaneous mechanical failure is not anyone’s fault, therefore it’s ridiculous to write a ticket for it. Now if you drive on bald tires and skid into somebody, that’s your fault.

    Friday, 21 August 2015, 8:25 pm
  • I was interested in buying the john deer zero turn. Just checked it out yesterday. I wonder if i can get a scratch n dent discount on it now!!!

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 10:52 pm
  • NOT a junk car at all! And yes he does have insurance. Just wait until you negative people turn 72! Let’s see if you’re smart enough to veer out of the way to save other peoples lives. Doubt it

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 10:33 pm
  • Prayers to this man for a speedy recovery. Honestly NY has a great thing it’s called inspections. I’ve seen many cars on the road honestly that I feel shouldn’t be on the road. In my opinion he was probably insured just didn’t have his insurance card. As far as his brakes failing maybe he just had them done ? A man of that age knows when there is an issue with his car, and he veered off the road to save others from his issue.

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 7:25 pm
    • yes he had insurance and he is lucky to be alive, home resting. s**t happens, brakes failed

      Thursday, 20 August 2015, 1:16 pm
  • Old lives matter may you with no compassion never have vision problems,may you always walk well and never limp or have to ride a scooter or walk with a walker,this man has a family and evidently you were raised by wolves. I am ashamed of your comments who knows he may have fought for your right to get on here and make fun shame shame on you!?

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 7:05 pm
  • Omg please people this is a life here hope je is ok …

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 5:59 pm
  • Sending prayers

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 4:44 pm
  • To any senior whose driving,and can’t close your mouth and drive, then you probably shouldn’t be behind the wheel of a car.

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 4:39 pm
    • Eyeson, you forgot, seat pulled all the way up, wrap-a-round shades from the eye doctors office, aluminum lift on the back, scuffs, dings and dents on all 4 corners of the car…

      Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 5:54 pm
  • Sad even older people are driving junk cars with no insurance just like pretty much of the area does

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 3:02 pm
    • wasnt a junk car and he has insurance. lucky to be alive and since when are lawn mowers more important than a person’s life.

      Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 5:30 pm
  • Cited for having defective equipment? Since when is your brakes failing a crime? Did he with malice aforethought drain his own brake fluid?

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 2:23 pm
    • Actually yes… Operating a vehicle with defective equipment is a citable offense.
      Its a safety issue, not a criminal thing. That’s why people do not get arrested for it, just cited.

      Thursday, 20 August 2015, 8:08 am
  • It is amazing just how much faith we place in our brakes.

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 1:43 pm
  • Those poor lawn mowers feel bad for them

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 1:33 pm
  • UNRELATED:

    Spring Hill Mower is having a sale on Zero-Turn Mowers

    Wednesday, 19 August 2015, 1:27 pm

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