A crash involving four vehicles on interstate 75 in Charlotte County has claimed the life of a man from Englewood.
Florida Highway Patrol reported that a crash on I-75 that involved four vehicles began as a tow truck responded to a previous crash adjacent to mile marker 154. John Westby, a 64 year old from Punta Gorda, attempted to maneuver the tow truck into a construction zone to gain access to a previously disabled vehicle.
However as the tow truck tried to make a turn on the dirt median in the construction zone it became stuck. The rear of the tow truck was stuck, sticking out into the northbound lanes of I-75.
After the tow truck was mired, William Golden a fifty five year old from Englewood approached in the fast lane and failed to avoid crashing into the back of the tow truck.
The car collided with the tow truck at speed and the force of the collision through the car into a spin where it crashed into a roadside construction barrel.
Another vehicle, driven by Raymond Daughtery, a fifty nine year old from Lehigh Acres, was approaching in the northbound lanes and avoided crashing into the tow truck by slowing down rapidly. This caused Daughtery’s vehicle to be rear-ended by a car driving behind.
William Golden was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.
An investigation by FHP is ongoing however troopers did say that Westby would be cited for failing to use due care in a hazard zone.