1 dead in multivehicle crash on SR 50 in Lake County, officials say

Crash occurred at SR 50 and Taylor Street

By Anna Johnson - Digital Journalist

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - One person is dead after a crash involving multiple vehicles in Lake County, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at 1:35 p.m. on State Road 50 and Taylor Street.

Troopers said a dump truck, driven by Irasema Gort Valdes, 33, was heading east on State Road 50, while a Buick was also heading east in front of the dump truck and a Nissan SUV was heading west on the roadway.

The Buick, driven by 28-year-old Derrick Smart, slowed to make a left turn when for an unknown reason, Valdes failed to slow, troopers said. The front of the dump truck struck the rear of the Buick.

Troopers said that after the initial collision, the Buick was pushed into the westbound lane. The front of the Buick struck the front of the Nissan head-on.

The Nissan then overturned, troopers said.

The driver of the Nissan, 62-year-old Markel Noah, was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger inside, 58-year-old Joyce Noah, suffered critical injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Smart suffered serious injuries and Valdes was not injured.

Troopers said charges are pending against Valdes.

The crash remains under investigation, troopers said.

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