Two Killed and Six Injured When Van Overturns On I-75

An apparent blowout was responsible for a accident on I-75 that resulted in the deaths of two and six with serious injures.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. when a 1994 Dodge RAM van,owned and operated by LARC, an organization that provides support for the developmentally disabled was traveling north on interstate 75, taking a group to summer camp at Camp Thunderbird in Apopka, when the left front tire of the van exploded.

The sudden tire blowout caused the driver, Johniece F. Diaz a 28 year old from Cape Coral to lose control of the vehicle. The van crossed two lanes of traffic on the north bound side and overturned coming to rest on the east side of the highway.

FHP has yet to release complete details but reported that two passengers from North Fort Myers were killed during the crash and six others including the driver were wounded.

Troopers stated those killed in the accident had been wearing their seat belts though the driver of the van was not.

Diaz the driver of the van was taken by first responders to Blake Medical Center for treatment, and police reported that another passenger, Jami Curran a 31 year old from Cape Coral was taken to Venice Regional Medical Center.

Full details including the names of the deceased have not yet been disclosed by the FHP.

A second van was also en route to the summer camp but the occupants were unaware of the fate of the other party.

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Bernie Walsh

Education Bernard F. Walsh graduated from the University of South Florida before receiving his law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1978. During law school, he was selected to serve as a research clerk and intern for a Federal Judge and the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was awarded The National Book Awards for Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility during law school. Experience Bernard Walsh devoted the next three years to trial work for the State of Florida. This provided him with the opportunity to concentrate on his trial abilities, with numerous high profile trials concerning serious felony crimes. Since 1982, he has exclusively practiced personal injury law and helped accident victims in and beyond Sarasota and Manatee Counties in Florida. Mr. Walsh has been listed in Avvo, an attorney rating site, as Superb. LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, an attorneys rating publication, has rated Mr. Walsh as very high legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Walsh is listed in National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and was inducted into Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He has also won the largest playground recoveries, one of the top three motorcycle recoveries, and the second largest daycare center recovery in the State of Florida. He is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group of attorneys who have achieved career case successes that include multi-million dollar recoveries, settlements and/or verdicts.