Multi-Vehicle Crash on County Road 44 Kills 42-Year-Old Man from Eustis
A serious auto accident involving four vehicles on County Road 44 in Leesburg earlier this week claimed the life of a 42-year-old driver from Eustis, according to initial reports from the Florida Highway Patrol.
It was close to 7:15 a.m. on Monday, November 7, 2022, when a 42-year-old man from Eustis was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla in the southbound direction of C.R. 44 in Lake County. As he approached North Silver Lake Road to make a left turn, a 36-year-old man, also from Eustis, entered the area in a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado. The driver of the Silverado failed to yield for the upcoming Corolla and crashed into the rear-end of the vehicle.
The force from the first accident caused the Corolla to be propelled into the path of a 69-year-old man from Avon Park who was driving a tractor-trailer along the northbound lanes of County Road 44. The driver of the semi was unable to avoid a crash with the Corolla and the truck collided with the passenger’s side of the small sedan.
After the second crash with the semi-truck, the Toyota Corolla crashed into a 23-year-old woman from DeLand who was driving a Mitsubishi Mirage down the southbound lanes of the highway.
Several Leesburg & Lake County emergency responders and troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the four-vehicle accident. Upon their arrival, they discovered that the 42-year-old driver of the Toyota Corolla had suffered severe injuries during the collision and had already passed away. The 23-year-old Mitsubishi Mirage driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
The 69-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer did not require hospitalization, however, it is unclear if he was treated for any injuries by EMTs at the crash site.
The 36-year-old driver of the Chevy Silverado, Gustavo Martinez Cortez, was arrested and booked into a Lake County jail on charges of driving without a valid license. Traffic homicide detectives with the Florida Highway Patrol are currently investigating this fatal four-vehicle crash and depending on their findings, the charges for Cortez could be upgraded.
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