News: Passenger killed, driver arrested after collision on I-75 south


MARION COUNTY, FL – One person was killed and another was arrested after a car accident Thursday night in Marion County, according to the Ocala StarBanner.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash on Interstate 75 south near the exit for County Road 326.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a Honda Civic was headed south on I-75 when the vehicle hydroplaned on the wet pavement.  The driver lost control of the car which went off the roadway, crashed into a guardrail, returned to the road, and was struck by a rental Nissan Armanda sport utility vehicle going south.  The impact caused the SUV to overturn.

A man riding in the back seat of the Honda was killed in the wreck.  A front seat passenger was injured. Two adults and three children in the Nissan, a family from Xenia, Ohio, were taken to HCA Florida Ocala Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the Honda, 25-year-old Amner F. Ordonez-Palma, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment and was subsequently arrested.

Ordonez-Palma, who is from Honduras but has a New York address, was charged with driving without a license/causing death or serious injuries.  He was booked into the Marion County Jail.

Were you injured in a crash due to the negligence or misconduct of another driver? Then reach out to the law firm of Whittel & Melton for legal assistance. Our skilled Marion County car accident lawyers will fight diligently on your behalf to help you obtain compensation for your accident-related expenses. Give us a call at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to setup a free consultation.

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