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Driver killed after disabled vehicle struck head-on

It’s an unfortunate reality: People who are involved in traffic crashes on busy roads need to be aware that passing vehicles could do even further damage, but sometimes they don’t even get a chance to do so. That makes it all the more important for drivers to keep a proper lookout. You never know what you might encounter on the road in front of you.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 44-year-old man was killed in that kind of situation. He was reportedly involved in a traffic accident in the westbound lanes of County Road 42 near State Road 44 in Lake County at about 2:20 a.m. one recent morning.

His vehicle had apparently become disabled and was facing east in the westbound lane. He was sitting in the disabled car following the first crash. That’s when the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck apparently approached around a curb and struck his 2002 Mazda head-on.

Unfortunately, the man’s vehicle rotated and overturned several times as a result of the impact. He apparently was not wearing a seat belt at the time and was ejected from his vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries in the car accident. Authorities say that they are not certain if his headlights were on at the time of the crash.

The 37-year-old driver of the pickup was taken to Florida Hospital DeLand, where he was treated for minor injuries. Police say that charges are pending as an investigation continues.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Head-on crash kills Lake County driver,” Arelis R. Hernandez, Aug. 4, 2012

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