If you ask anyone about the experience of going to a car dealership, the responses will usually be pretty passionate one way or the other. However, the excitement of finding a new car that will take you from point A to point B for the next few months or years is pretty commonplace. Leaving the dealership with that new vehicle purchase is a wonderful feeling, even if it was a little bit of a journey to get to that point.
Unfortunately for Jean Worme, that last step of actually exiting the premises of the dealership was never realized. She was a passenger on a test drive of a 2023 Nissan Rogue at the Hill Nissan car dealership in Winter Haven. Her husband, Clifford Worme was behind the wheel of the family’s potential new car, with a sales representative riding along with them.
86-year-old Clifford was turning back into the dealership on the afternoon of November 26 when he struck a 2007 Nissan Murano that was heading westbound. This collision killed 76-year-old Jean Worme, who was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.
Clifford was taken to a local hospital for the treatment of minor injuries, while the salesperson and driver of the Murano were not harmed.
Clifford was returning the car to the dealership at the time of the accident. It is not known whether the other driver was actively engaged in a purchase of a car, and the identity of the other driver has not been released at this time.
Even though a car in a dealership might not yet be yours, it is important to drive with the same level of caution as you would at any other time.
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath expresses our condolences to the friends and family of Jean Worme. If you or someone you know is the victim of a motor vehicle accident, please call us at (561) 655-1990.