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Multi-car accident claims life of 78-year-old man

During Thanksgiving week, we noted that Black Friday can be a dangerous day for motorists. Case in point: a car accident involving six vehicles that occurred on the busiest shopping day of the year claimed a man’s life.

A 78-year-old man, an immigrant from India, was killed after his Dodge van was struck from behind in a chain reaction collision. The accident occurred the day after Thanksgiving while the man was returning home.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the crash happened on U.S. Highway 27 at the intersection of Johns Lake Road and Citrus Tower Boulevard. A 21-year-old driver was apparently unaware of other vehicles stopped at a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Reports say the 21-year-old’s Chevrolet truck crashed into a sedan carrying two couples from out-of-state. The truck then rear-ended the victim’s Dodge van, which then struck the Toyota, which hit the Honda van and in turn collided with the rear of a Chevrolet SUV.

According to the victim’s family members, he moved to Clermont after being shot in the neck a convenience store robbery several years ago.

The couples in the sedan sustained minor injuries. The truck driver, who is from Rome, Georgia, was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center due to serious injuries.

The 51-year-old female driver of the Honda van was not hurt. According to a FHC sergeant, toxicology results from the driver who allegedly caused the accident are currently pending. He says there is a chance the crash occurred because of impairment.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Black Friday crash south of Clermont claims life,” Martin E. Comas, Dec. 4, 2011