Palm Coast Man Killed by His Own Vehicle During Three-Vehicle Crash in Deltona
According to early collision details from the Florida Highway Patrol and local Volusia County law enforcement agencies, a 30-year-old resident of Palm Coast was struck and killed by his own car early Friday morning during an unusual multi-vehicle pileup along Interstate 4 which ultimately led to the closure of this highly-trafficked stretch of roadway for nearly eight hours.
It was shortly before 4 a.m. Friday when authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol were first alerted to a potentially fatal auto accident on I-4 eastbound near mile marker 109 in close proximity to the Enterprise Road exit in Deltona. Preliminary reports indicate that the 30-year-old victim and his 26-year-old passenger were driving in a 2014 Chevrolet Impala in the eastern direction down I-4 when, for reasons that are currently unknown, the Impala rear-ended a 2017 Toyota Camry that was being driven by a 63-year-old woman from Deltona. The impact from this initial accident caused the Camry to veer off the interstate and crash into nearby guardrail.
After the first collision occurred, both occupants of the Chevy Impala exited the vehicle to assess the severity of the car’s damage as people typically do when they’re involved in an accident. As the pair surveyed the situation, a 20-year-old woman from Astatula driving a 2006 Hyundai Tucson quickly approached the area, seemingly out of nowhere, and rear-ended the wrecked Chevy Impala. The force from this second rear-end collision caused the Chevy Impala to hit its 30-year-old driver while he was standing in the road and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Volusia County first responders. The Impala’s passenger and the two other drivers involved in this fatal multi-car pileup only sustained minor injuries.
The stretch of interstate where this tragic accident occurred was closed down for almost 8 hours as detectives with the Florida Highway Patrol attempted to piece together the chain of events that led to the death of the 30-year-old Palm Coast resident. It is unclear at this time if the driver of the Camry or the driver of the Tucson will face any legal consequences stemming from their respective involvement in both rear-end collisions.
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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.