News: Crystal River man, 81, dies in pickup truck accident


CRYSTAL RIVER, FL – A collision in Citrus County early Wednesday morning claimed the life of an elderly driver and injured two other people, WTVT reports.

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene on West Fort Island Trail near West Audobon Lane after the incident took place at about 12:20 a.m.

The FHP learned that the driver of a Chevy 3500 pickup truck was heading east and tried to pass a Kia Sportage SUV that was in front of him.  The pickup truck struck the left side of the Kia, then went off the road, onto the shoulder, and crashed into two trees.  The Kia also went off the road, hitting a cable box and a tree before flipping.

The driver of the pickup, an 81-year-old man from Crystal River, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Kia, an 18-year-0ld Beverly Hills woman, and her passenger, a 19-year-old Crystal River man, sustained minor injuries.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. The Citrus County car accident lawyers at Whittle & Melton can be relied upon to aggressively move your case along and fight for the full amount of the money you deserve.  You can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 866-608-5529 or visiting our website. 

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