Around 7:40 on Wednesday morning a head-on collision accident occurred in Lake County between a 2007, four-door Lincoln and a Mack truck loaded with fertilizer.
The Florida Highway Patrol has issued a preliminary statement regarding the Lake County truck accident that includes the known details of this accident that took place a few miles away from the Mission Inn Resort & Club, located in Howey-in-the-Hills. In this statement, it is said that the Lincoln, driven by an as-of-yet unnamed 87-year-old individual, was headed east on County Road 48 at the same time as the Mack truck, driven by the 70-year-old Orlando resident Peter Irizarry, was headed west on the same stretch of road. For reasons unknown, the driver of the Lincoln failed to navigate the turn where County Road 48 intersects with Lime Avenue.
Crossing over the double yellow line, the Lincoln placed itself directly in the path of the Irizarry’s oncoming truck. Unable to avoid the Lincoln, Irizarry collided with the vehicle head on. Emergency response teams were quickly dispatched to the location of the accident. When they arrived, they saw the two vehicles, both badly damaged, as well as the drivers of both vehicles. The unnamed 87-year-old was identified as being in critical condition, and the emergency response team quickly set to work extracting them from the mangled vehicle. The Lincoln’s driver was then transported to the nearby Waterman Hospital. Unfortunately, due to the severity of the injuries, the Lincoln’s driver died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
The driver of the Mack truck was examined and found to be miraculously uninjured. It is not unusual, in head on collision cases such as this, for both drivers to suffer from debilitating injuries. In this situation, it is likely that the overall sturdiness of the Mack truck allowed Irizarry to walk away from the scene without so much as a scratch.
Further details relating to this deadly crash will be released as the investigation continues and after the Florida Highway Patrol locates and contacts any next-of-kin of the Lincoln’s driver. Until that time, this is all we know.
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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