A Brooksville man was unhurt in a chain-reaction crash on I-75 that claimed the life of a 13-year-old-boy.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Public Information Officer (PIO) Sgt. Steve Gaskins said that at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, a pick-up truck driven by a 33-year-old man from Brooksville, a sedan driven by a 27-year-old woman from Horatio, Ark., and a sedan driven by a 28-year-old man from Mascotte, Fla., were all traveling southbound in the left lane of I-75.
At milepost 281, cars driven by the woman from Arkansas and the man from Mascotte slowed for other slowing traffic. The Brooksville man driving the pick-up truck was distracted by spilled coffee and failed to slow down.
As a result, his vehicle collided with the rear of the woman’s vehicle which was propelled forward and collided with the rear of the sedan driven by the man from Mascotte.
Following the impact, the pick-up truck and the woman’s sedan, which also carried four passengers, rotated until they finally came to a rest along the west shoulder of the roadway. The sedan driven by the man from Mascotte rotated until it came to rest along the highway’s east shoulder.
The Brooksville driver and the driver from Mascotte were both unhurt in the incident.
Meanwhile, the driver from Arkansas sustained minor injuries. Of her passengers a 30-year-old woman also sustained minor injuries while a 14-year-old boy sustained critical injuries, a 33-year-old man sustained serious injuries and a 13-year-old boy died from injuries connected to the collision.