Gainesville, FL — Police have identified Lake Butler resident Ronald Sapp, 33, as the driver of a pickup truck who was killed on I-75 after a semi-truck accident. It happened this past Tuesday morning, Feb, 18, at about 1:45 a.m. near Archer Road’s exit.

Sapp was driving a GMC pickup truck south on I-75 with passengers Michael Hammer, 52, and Kristopher Doski, 29. It appears that Sapp changed lanes in front of a semi-truck, then had to brake suddenly.

The semi-truck rear-ended the pickup truck, forcing it to roll over and land off the highway. The semi-truck swerved off I-75 as well and hit some trees. Sapp was killed at the scene and Hammer and Doski were both seriously injured.

The semi-truck’s driver, James Gloss, was also taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Police said they’re still trying to figure out who was at fault in the accident and what exactly happened.

Approximate Site of the Accident


I can’t say for certain what really happened here, but I do know that semi-trucks take much longer to brake than regular cars. If this driver slammed on his brakes without notice, then I think it would be fair to say the accident would have been difficult to avoid. However, if the semi-truck was following too closely to the pickup and didn’t leave itself enough room to brake for an emergency, that’s a different story. Again, I don’t know all the facts here, but I’ve heard many excuses from truck drivers over the years who claim that the other driver “slammed on his brakes” to avoid getting in trouble for following too closely.


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