Many of us take for granted that we make it to our destinations safely on a daily basis. We drive to and from work every day, assuming that life will continue as usual. We trust that other drivers on our Florida roads are paying attention and abiding by traffic laws. Unfortunately, there are drivers who make careless decisions that can put the lives of others at risk. Last week, a truck accident happened near Lake Mary, Florida, which took the life of a 24-year-old man.
The fatal accident occurred Feb. 24 on Interstate 4 around 8:10 a.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 24-year-old man was driving a box truck in the center lane of I-4 heading eastbound. A witness told troopers that another car traveling eastbound had just entered the interstate from the Lake Mary ramp and was traveling at a high speed. The witness said that the vehicle then quickly changed from the right lane to the center lane, cutting off the box truck.
It is believed that the truck driver tried to avoid hitting the vehicle that had cut him off, and he quickly merged into the left lane. However, the truck hit a guardrail and had rolled over from the impact. The driver was partially ejected from his vehicle and it was reported that he died at the scene of the crash.
Troopers have not been able to get a description of the vehicle that is believed to be involved in the fatal accident. However, authorities are investigating the cause of the crash and the report from the witness. Traffic was backed up for several hours after the accident.
Sources:WKMG: “Truck Driver, 24, Killed In I-4 Crash,” 24 Feb. 2011
WDBO: “24-year-old killed in fatal crash on I-4,” Shanna Vicker, 24 Feb. 2011