Georgia man dies in crash on I-75


Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2:09 p.m.

A Georgia man was killed and several others injured during a Saturday night accident on Interstate 75, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

Killed was Juan Velazquez-Molina, 26, of Americus, Ga., according to an FHP release.

The accident occurred about 8:55 p.m. Velazquez-Molina was a passenger in a pickup driven by Romelio Martinez Lopez, 22, also of Americus. They were southbound in the center lane behind a car driven by Coswell A. Depeiza, 60, of Gainesville.

FHP reported that Lopez hit the back of Depeiza's car, causing his pickup to veer to the left and hit the median guardrail. Both Lopez and Velazquez were ejected from the pickup along with another passenger, Victor Alonzo, 31. A fourth passenger, William Morales, 20 was not ejected.

Alonzo and Morales had injuries listed as minor by FHP. Depeiza was not injured. A passenger, Edris Depeiza, 59, had minor injuries.

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