Twenty-Year-Old Driver Dies After Wrong-Way Car Crash in Brevard County
A 20-year-old man from Titusville has sadly passed away after suffering for nearly a week from injuries he sustained during an auto accident with a suspected drunk driver in late September along U.S. Highway 1 in Brevard County.
According to crash reports from the Florida Highway Patrol regarding the initial incident, it was during the early morning hours of September 25, 2022, when a 20-year-old Titusville resident was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse in the southbound direction of U.S. Highway 1. As the young man, whose name has not yet been released to the public, reached the highway’s intersection with Dairy Road, 47-year-old Mississippi resident Bryan Keith Holifield entered the area in his 2004 Toyota Sequoia from the opposite direction. Holifield continued to drive his Toyota Sequoia the wrong way down U.S. Highway 1 and eventually struck the front driver’s side of the Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Emergency response teams from around Brevard County, including troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol, arrived at the site of the head-on collision almost immediately after several calls to local 9-1-1 dispatchers. The 20-year-old Titusville driver sustained traumatic injuries and was medevaced to Health First’s Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. He managed to fight for his life for almost a week before he finally died on Monday. His 18-year-old passenger also suffered serious injuries and was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Her condition as of today is unknown.
Bryan Keith Holifield, the driver of the Toyota, was taken to Parrish Medical Center with minor injuries. His 47-year-old passenger wasn’t quite as lucky and she was taken in serious condition to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
Originally arrested for several driving under the influence and property damage offenses, Bryan Keith Holifield now faces an upgraded charge of DUI manslaughter since the 20-year-old driver has died. While he was receiving treatment in the hospital, Holifield allegedly admitted to officers that he had indulged in a few drinks & beers on the night of the accident, and that he might’ve fallen asleep at the wheel as well.
This case is currently under investigation.
Since 1977, Brevard County personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has been representing the families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another motorist on the road. To schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.
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.