Fifth man dies from I-4 crash injuries

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 1:51 p.m.

LAKELAND, Fla. - A fifth man injured in a fiery crash on a fog and smoke-filled highway has died, officials said Tuesday.

Adrian Moran Gomez, 30, was on his way to a construction job last Wednesday in Kissimmee when the van he was riding in became involved in the wreck on Interstate 4 in central Florida, an attorney representing his family said.

Gomez died Sunday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Tuesday morning. He was originally from Honduras and has four children, said Ross Garcia, a spokesman for attorney William McBride.

He was one of eight relatives brothers and cousins traveling in two vehicles that were involved in a pileup involving more than 40 cars, Garcia said.

Dense fog has been blamed for the crashes, which also killed Scott Snyder, Michael Fricke Jr., Jorge Fundora and Joseph Noel. Their bodies were badly burned in the crashes and it took days for a medical examiner to identify them.

Officials are also investigating whether smoke from a nearby brush fire that had started as a controlled burn contributed to the crash. Smoke again covered the highway Tuesday morning, forcing its closure during the morning commute.

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