Crews Lake Middle School students and faculty alike were shocked to learn that their much-loved principal, Adam Kennedy, 46 perished Friday while driving into work.
The accident took place just west of U.S. 41 on S.R. 52 a little after 6:30 a.m. Kennedy was following a log truck when the semi-trailer slowed in order to execute a right turn onto the property.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the data they collected at the scene of the accident indicate that Kennedy’s 2005 Dodge truck never slowed and that it slammed into the log truck trailer. Kennedy lost all control of the vehicle, which skidded down the road before ultimately stopping when it struck a fence. Kennedy, who was wearing his seat belt, perished before the emergency crew arrived on the scene.
The investigation indicates that not only did the driver of the log truck, Jason L. Harbarugh, 41, of Wauchula have all the proper safety devices on his rig, but that he was also in full compliance with all Florida State laws. The driver wasn’t injured during the accident.
It took several hours for the accident to be cleaned up, during which time traffic was kept at a virtual standstill.
News of the principle’s death hit the school hard. Spokesperson, Linda Cobbe, struggled to explain the grief everyone connected to the school was feeling and how the school as helping students process and cope with the loss. “We’re devastated,” said school district superintendent, Todd Cluff. “Adam was somebody who led from the heart. He’s former military, always wanting to do things right yet understanding in education there’s not always a clear right … He was an incredible guy and well loved.”
Understanding how difficult it was going to be for everyone, the school district quickly arranged for a full crisis team to be brought to the school. Not only does the crisis team includes several highly-qualified counselors, but it also includes two of the school’s previous principles. Counseling is available to all students and staff members.
The entire Kennedy family is an important part of the Pasco Count school system. Adam was a principle while his wife, Abigail, works for Pasco eSchool as a language arts teacher. The couple’s elementary aged children are students. While police are still investigating the crash, they’re confident that alcohol was not a factor.
Tampa wrongful death lawyer Bill Winters expressed his condolences to Kennedy’s family. “At Winters and Yonker, we are grieving the loss of the cornerstone in our community.” Winters said the family should press to get the answers they are still seeking about the accident. “Stay on top of investigators until you get answers. Not only does this information give you some closure, but it is often key in giving you the ability to pursue a wrongful death settlement in Tampa’s courts.” If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident, Tampa wrongful death attorneys can help you receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.