2 killed in a crash on I-75

2 killed in a crash on I-75

I-75, FLORIDA: The reports say Tuesday night on I-75 in Marion County, a man and woman were killed and another passenger was brutally injured, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The FHP said a van was crashed into some rebar that was hanging out of the rear of the trailer when it was traveling behind a tractor-trailer. The rebar went through the van windshield, hauling the vehicle until the big rig came to a stop. The fatal wreck was reported at 8:28 p.m. near U.S. Highway 27 on I-75 south.

The FHP said, the man driving the van and an 80-year-old woman, both of Pennsylvania, died in the crash. According to an FHP report, another passenger, an 82-year-old Pennsylvania man, suffered critical injuries. All were wearing seat belts.

Troopers said the big rig driver was not wounded.

The crash is under investigation.

22-year-old Florida deputy died in a crash on Bradenton

22-year-old Florida deputy died in a crash

BRADENTON, FLORIDA: According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, a deadly crash on I-75 on Sunday morning around 4:50 a.m. left a Florida deputy dead.

22-year-old Antonio Hernandez was traveling northbound on I-75. As per the troopers, a 72-year-old man from Bradenton was also traveling northbound, and when he tried to change lanes, his van and Hernandez’s car collided. Hernandez’s car crashed into a steel pole located on the median.

The reports say Hernandez was not wearing a seat belt. He was immediately taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital, but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office expressed its condolence through a post.

“We are deeply saddened by the unexpected loss of one of our own today.

This morning Deputy Antonio Hernandez died from injuries sustained in a traffic crash, while off duty.

Antonio began his law enforcement career with Palmetto Police Department before joining MCSO in July of this year, having recently completed his deputy training.

Please keep the Hernandez family, friends, and his law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers.”


The crash is under investigation.

21-year-old Navy airman killed while trying to help others on I-75

21-year-old Navy airman killed while trying

PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA: According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Navy airman lost his life while attempting to help the casualties of the crash on I-75 in Charlotte County.

21-year-old Trevor Smith saw an accident between two vehicles in front of him and ran across the interstate to the median. The reports say Smith rushed to the scene to help the victims.

Records show while Smith was rescuing, an approaching pickup went off the street and struck him, and Smith died. The driver along with the two passengers of the pickup did not suffer injuries.

As per the reports, a sedan lost control and collided with a semi. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. in the southward paths, past Kings Highway.

Troopers said the driver of the semi got “traumatic” injuries and was rushed into Lee Memorial. Also, the victims inside the sedan suffered injuries.

People gathered at Charlotte High School, Smith’s alma mater, and prayed for the peace of deceased Smith’s soul.

“A lot of people would have kept driving or whatever, but that just wasn’t him,” said Chief Scott Williams, a naval science instructor. “I’ve already heard from at least two dozen ex-cadets that are long gone from Charlotte High School who are just in shock.”

“A very selfless young man[Smith]. I mean, he understood the whole thing about putting, you know, some things that are bigger than yourself above your own priorities from time to time,” Williams added. “It’s hard when you see these young men and women, you know, with their whole lives in front of them not get to live those lives out. It’s heartbreaking.”

David Yanni, a close friend of Smith said, “We’d go down to the baseball fields, and we didn’t have gloves or bats or anything, and he would bring his own and be willing to share.”