• May 19, 2017

Robert Dreyer Killed in Melbourne, FL, Drowning Accident

Melbourne, FL -- May 10, 2017, Robert Dreyer was killed as the result of an accident in which he drowned in a pit after hitting a fire hydrant.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators responded to the accident scene in the morning hours of Wednesday at the intersection of Tavistock Drive and Crelford Way.

According to initial investigations, 89-year-old Dreyer was driving a vehicle along the roadway when he somehow lost control and crashed into a fire hydrant, partially dislodging it from the ground. As the hydrant discharged water, a divot next to Dreyer's vehicle filled with water.

Dreyer reportedly stepped out of his vehicle and lost his footing, falling into the pit. He was unable to pick himself up due to the force of the water spraying from the damaged hydrant. As a result, he died at the scene due to drowning.

Investigators are not sure exactly how the hydrant's safety valves did not work properly. No further information is currently available.

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