Justice for Matthew Knorr
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Justice for Matthew Knorr

    1. jessica knorr
    2. Petition by

      jessica knorr

      orlando, FL

 My son and husband went out for dinner on July 22nd 2o11, They were stopped at a red light at CR 419 and Highway 50 in East Orlando. The light for east bound Highway 50 turned red and the light for those on Clumbia School Road turned green.

Traffic proceeded through the intersection and their light turned yellow then red. Then the light to give my husband the right of way turned green. He was in a multi-directional lane going straight while others were turning to go east on Highway 50

According to witnesses on the scene the man who hit my husband was travelling at a very high rate of speed on Highway 50 and never attempted to stop, slow down or swerve when he saw traffic moving from the other direction across the highway.

When questioned he told the officers he had the green light contradicting what every other witness on the scene had said.


There was a woman stoopped at Highway 50 eastbound who had been sitting there waiting to go for over 30 seconds she estimated and saw him coming but had no way of warning anyone.


My son was pronounced dead on the scene and we later learned from the autopsy report that he had multiple skull fracture, brain trauma, multiple fractured ribs, a lacerated liver and spleen and multiple lacerations on his body. My husband suffered from a traumatic brain injury, multiple fractured ribs, collapsed lungs and a laceration on his liver. He now has memory loss and nerve damage as a result of this accident.

We were told all along the man responsible for the accident would face criminal charges but FHP made the decision to only charge him with a traffic citation for failure to follow traffic control devices which is a 164 dollar penalty.

They said that he committed no other crime when running the red light and that my son's death was just the result of an accident. I would like to see the laws changed so that if you run a red light  where you are clearly at fault that involves serious bodily injuries or death to another person you are charged criminally and not just issued a citation.

The citation is the result of running a red light but does not address the serious bodily injuries to my husband or the death of my child.


Video link to see the accident and interview with my husband and daughter:


There are already laws in place to charge people in situations such as this if running a red light would be considered reckless driving. It would hopefully reduce red light running and maybe save some lives if that law was amended to include red light running as reckless driving in circumstances such as this.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Brandon Benton will not be charged

      jessica knorr
      Petition Organizer

      The appeal it appears was not successful so it appears Brandon Benton will truly get off with no consequences for taking a 17 year old boys life and essentially destroying an entire family. This petition is the last hope for my family that if nothing else happens from this accident the laws will be changed so that the speed of a vehicle will no longer factor into whether it is reckless driving in a fatality. The fact is he killed a person because he CHOSE to run a red light. Whether his speed was below the posted speed limit or above should not even be part of the decision whether he should be charged.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. ticket dismissed in traffic court

      jessica knorr
      Petition Organizer

      The man who caused the wreck which killed my son and injured my husband severely plead not guilty to the ticket. There was a clerical error or some kind of error...none of the agencies involved are willing to take responsibility so his lawyer said he moved for dismissal due to his client not receiving a speedy trial which he was entitled to. So the man who sped through a red light that had been red for at least thirty seconds was not fined, he received no license suspension...nothing. The ticket was dismissed as if the accident never happened.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Family of teen killed in red-light running crash wants law changed

      jessica knorr
      Petition Organizer

      I think it went well until the legal analyst put his two cents in talking about how it was an unfortunate event and all the driver did was failed to use ordinary care. Then went onto to say how it would be a nightmare and overly prosecuted. Maybe people should just STOP at red lights!! And slow down enough that you CAN STOP!!

    7. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • john knorr ORLAMDO, FL
      • 8 months ago

      to many kids and adults are being killed from running a red light , we need a new law that would stop this

    • donyele gonzalez GALLOWAY, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      The system really sucks and we as victims have to literally pull our damn hair for something to get done its just not right..

    • Zema McMillan NOWRA, AL
      • 9 months ago

      People who drive in such a manner as to have no consideration for others on the roads need to have their licenses revoked..they are driving a machine that can easily kill or maim.. It's disgusting that a man can kill a 17 yr old youngster and only be given a traffic infraction...may the young boy Rest In Peace...

      • 9 months ago

      I feel that giving only a citation in the case is just plain wrong. I hope that the current laws can be changed so no one else has to feel the injustice to Knorr family has had to endure.

    • Chris Sweet STAFFORD, VA
      • 9 months ago

      Now one should have to go through what this family did. Than on top of this travesty, the offender is released with a citation for running a red light. A life was lost through the negligent action of the offender. A citation hardly seem's like justice in such a case!


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