• May 05, 2017

Louis Ealey Killed in Leon County, FL, 18-wheeler Accident

Leon County, FL -- May 4, 2017, Louis Ealey suffered fatal injuries due to an accident where his 18-wheeler crashed off the side of the highway.

Florida State Highway Patrol officials responded to the accident scene along I-10 in the northeastern area of Tallahassee. They say the call came in around 2:45 p.m.

Preliminary police investigations indicated that 70-year-old Ealey was driving an 18-wheeler along the interstate while 68-year-old Rita Gripe was driving an SUV. Reports claim Gripe attempted to pass the 18-wheeler, somehow losing control in the process.

Her vehicle collided with the truck of Ealey's 18-wheeler, causing it to lose control and run off the side of the highway. As a result, it crashed into a group of trees. Gripe's SUV ended up in the median.

Officials stated that Ealey was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of critical injuries, from which he later died. Gripe was said not to be injured.

At this time, it's unclear if any charges or citations were filed after the crash. No further information is available.

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