Three injured in I-75 crash south of Williston Road


Published: Sunday, June 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 10:42 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol is waiting for the results of blood alcohol tests before charging anyone in connection with a three-car crash on Interstate 75 that left two people hospitalized and a third person with minor injuries.

The crash happened at 5:50 p.m. Friday near mile marker 380, which is two miles south of Williston Road.

Those involved were identified by FHP as Benjamin M. Roose, 32, of Gainesville, driver of a two-door 1999 Honda; Brian L. McLeod, 30, of Gainesville, driver of a 2007 four-door Acura; and Bruce Porter, 57, of Merritt Island, driver of a 2008 Chrysler van.

Trooper S.L. Levy determined that immediately before the crash happened, Roose was headed north and McLeod and Porter were heading south.

In his report on the incident, Levy wrote that Roose left the roadway and headed into the median, where his Honda went airborne.

As Roose's Honda overturned, the right rear side hit the hood and windshield of McLeod's Acura.

Then the front of the Honda hit the left side of Porter's Chrysler.

Roose's Honda stopped as it was facing south in the southbound lanes. McLeod's Acura came to a stop facing northwest in the northbound lanes. Porter's Chrysler came to a stop in the center median off the travel lanes.

Roose and McLeod were taken to Shands at the University of Florida, Roose with critical injuries and McLeod with serious injuries. Porter was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Levy noted that McLeod and Porter were wearing their seat belts, but it was not clear whether Roose was buckled up.

The trooper also noted that alcohol did not appear to be a factor affecting the driving of McLeod or Porter, but that blood alcohol results were pending for Roose.

Karen Voyles can be reached at 352-359-5656 or kvoyles@gmail.com.

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