Update: Florida Highway Patrol Arrests Red Light Runner Who Caused a Fatal Accident on Laurel Road East
FLORIDA - A news article published on heraldtribune.com reports that a 46-year-old man from Nokomis was apprehended and arrested by law enforcement in connection with a fatal car accident on Laurel Road East.*
The suspect allegedly ran a red light and collided with two other motor vehicles. One of the accident victims died, and the other received severe accident-related injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol has filed criminal charges alleging the suspect did not stop at a red traffic light on Laurel Road East while he was progressing toward the Interstate 75 North exit ramp. The fatal collision occurred at around 9 in the evening.
The suspect's vehicle struck the left side of another vehicle and then collided with the front of the third vehicle. The suspect's pickup truck then spun out on the eastbound traffic lane of Laurel Road. The second motor vehicle also rotated until it stopped on the grassy median of Laurel Road. The third motor vehicle stopped on the northbound exit ramp of I-75.
According to law enforcement reports, the suspect fled the accident scene on foot. However, the suspect was identified and arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol Traffic Homicide Unit. The man allegedly faces several felonies such as leaving the scene with serious injury, leaving the scene with death, and driving while license revoked involving death. The suspect has bonded out. The crash is currently under investigation.
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