• August 26, 2022

Wimauma Man Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on SR 674 in Fort Lonesome, FL

Fort Lonesome, FL — August 23, 2022, a 30-year-old Wimauma man died in a collision with a tractor-trailer on State Route 674 in Fort Lonesome.

According to reports the incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. on Route 674 near Katie Stanaland Road. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim's eastbound sedan crossed the highway's center line and collided almost head-on with an 18-wheeler headed the other way.

The sedan driver was fatally injured in the crash. The truck driver was reportedly unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Fort Lonesome Truck Accident on FL-674

As straightforward as this wreck may seem in reports, it's important folks understand how important a second look from independent experts can be. They could simply ensure that nothing slips through the cracks, but in many cases they find crucial information that was overlooked or omitted in reports.

I worked on a crash a while back, for example, where someone reportedly traveled left of center and hit a truck head-on. When we looked again at his family's request, however, the evidence told a different story: The truck actually crossed over first and the victim swerved left to avoid it. When the big rig hit the rumble strips on the shoulder the driver swerved back to the correct lane, putting it once again on a collision course with the victim. Police found both vehicles in the truck's lane and concluded the victim crossed over and was to blame.

I'm not saying the same thing happened in Florida. My point is that details can easily slip through the cracks if authorities don't dedicate the time and resources needed for something as complex as a commercial truck wreck. Are steps being taken here to make sure the victim's loved ones are getting the answers they deserve?

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