On Monday morning, a traffic accident occurred on U.S. 27 in Lake County, close to where the highway crosses with Independence Boulevard and close to where 31 begins. The accident was a destructive one, and several individuals were injured. One individual was killed. For several days, authorities were having some difficulty identifying the deceased person involved, but today that mystery has finally come to a close.
Kevin Cottle, a 21-year-old man from Leesburg, was driving his 2012 Dodge pickup truck when a semi-truck, driven by the 43-year-old Tyrone Ivy, of Orlando, crossed directly into Cottle’s path. Cottle did not have time to stop his vehicle and was unable to avoid the turning semi. As the two vehicles collided, the smaller and more fragile Dodge become lodged beneath the semi’s bed, killing Cottle instantly. Emergency crews responded to the scene as soon as possible, but they were unable to do anything for Cottle except remove the body. It has taken them a few days, but now that body is identified and Cottle’s family notified as to what occurred.
Neither Ivy nor the passenger in his truck (an unnamed Fruitland man who is believed to be 40-years-old) were injured in the accident. Other injuries, however did occur. After the initial collision between Cottle and the semi, three additional vehicles collided with the truck. Two of these additional drivers were injured severely, although their names and conditions are not currently known. The third driver and the passenger in the third car were also injured, although their injuries are not believed to be nearly as severe as those suffered by the others involved.
As of this moment, the Florida Highway Patrol has not commented on what they believed to be the cause of this fatal accident. There is some suspicion that the thick bank of fog reported around the area during that time may have played a role, although the Florida Highway Patrol could neither confirm nor deny the veracity of these speculations. Therefore, the investigation is still ongoing as the FHP looks to gather as much information as possible.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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