VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A semitruck driver who struck and killed a 56-year-old Bunnell man Saturday in Volusia County said he became disoriented and ran into the woods after the crash before showing up a hospital the next day, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The FHP said Lester Jackson, 30, of Trenton, Florida, faces charges in the fatal crash, which was reported around 10:15 a.m. Saturday near State Road 40 and Warrensford Road.
Troopers said Carl Gandy died in the crash.
According to the FHP, the tractor-trailer was heading west on State Road 40 as Gandy was driving a Ford pickup truck east.
The semitruck traveled into the eastbound lane for an unknown reason and struck the front of the pickup head-on, officials said. The semitruck then left the roadway and struck a tree.
Officials said the pickup caught fire after the impact. Rena Gandy, 46, of Bunnell, a passenger in the pickup, suffered minor injuries and was able to get out of the vehicle, the FHP said. Carl Gandy was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the FHP. Both were wearing their seat belts, an FHP report stated.
Jackson ran away after the wreck and went to a hospital Sunday, officials said.
The crash remains under investigation.