Marion County Street Racing Accident Kills 56-Year-Old Father
According to arrest records from the Ocala Police Department, two individuals were taken into custody earlier this week for their alleged involvement in a deadly street racing accident that claimed the life of a 56-year-old motorist on State Road 200 last October in Marion County.
Official records from the scene of the accident indicate that it was shortly before 7 p.m. on October 12, 2021, when 30-year-old Joshua Jones and 52-year-old Mauricio Medina were allegedly racing each other in a 2014 Toyota Scion and 2017 Honda Civic in the westbound direction of State Road 200, right in front of the Red Lobster restaurant. At this same time, 56-year-old Munir Shrouf, along with his 53-year-old wife and 28-year-old daughter as passengers, exited the popular seafood place in the eastbound direction of S.R. 200 in their 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. As the family’s patriarch performed this common maneuver, the speeding Scion and Civic entered the area in the inside lane and crashed into the Santa Fe SUV.
Local Ocala emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of the three-car crash right after the first 9-1-1 calls were placed. Rescuers and EMTs worked feverishly to free the victims of the multi-vehicle pileup, however, 56-year-old Munir Shrouf was unable to survive the severity of his injuries and passed away before he could be transported to a medical facility. His wife and daughter were injured during the incident and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Joshua Jones and Mauricio Medina were also injured during the rear-end collision and received medical care.
For the past three months, traffic homicide investigators have been working around the clock to put together a case against the two alleged street racing suspects and finally were able to arrest both men on Tuesday and Wednesday after gathering sufficient evidence through event data recorders, witness statements, and street cam video footage. Jones and Medina now face charges of racing on a highway, reckless driving, and vehicular homicide.
At the time of the fatal collision, Jones was operating on an expired license while Medina was driving with a BPO (business purposes only) license, said an officer with the Ocala Police Department in a statement to the press.
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