Police: Storm factor in fatal Ocala traffic crash
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:37 p.m.
A single-vehicle crash off Southeast 36th Avenue claimed the life of a 33-year-old Silver Springs Shores man and sent two women to area hospitals late Tuesday.
Ocala Police Department officials said a beige Ford Expedition was heading north on Southeast 36th Avenue when the driver, one of two women in the vehicle, lost control of the SUV, which skidded across southbound lanes and left the roadway.
The woman told police she was heading north on 36th Avenue when the vehicle started drifting to the right. She said she tried to correct the vehicle but lost control. She said she pressed on the brakes, but the car accelerated due to the wet conditions and the front passenger side of the vehicle struck a medium-size oak tree in a yard in the 1500 block.
Ocala Fire Rescue said the passenger, a male, was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said the man was not wearing a seat belt.
Ocala Police officials said inclement weather in the area late Tuesday was a contributing factor in the crash.
Three people were taken to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious.
Fire rescue officials said they received a call at 5:06 p.m. and were on scene at 5:09 p.m.
The traffic fatality is the fifth in the county this year, and the first inside city limits.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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