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3 fatal crashes cause traffic woes across Central Florida

Wrecks reported on I-95, SR 417, Orange Blossom Trail

[PHOTO: WKMG / PAUL GIORGIO]
[PHOTO: WKMG / PAUL GIORGIO]

ORLANDO, Fla. – Three fatal crashes were reported Monday morning in Central Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said a 31-year-old St. Augustine man was killed when he rear-ended a big rig at 2:45 a.m. on I-95 south near LPGA Boulevard in Volusia County. The FHP said the man, whose name has not been released, was speeding and failed to slow down as he approached the tractor-trailer.

The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, trooper said.

The driver of the big rig, a 56-year-old Winter Springs man, was not injured.

It's not known if alcohol played a role in the crash, the FHP said.

The interstate was closed in the area but later reopened.

Meanwhile, a pedestrian was struck and killed at 6:05 a.m. on Orange Blossom Trail at Rose Avenue in Orange County.

Troopers said Arden Gregory, 49, of Orlando, died in the crash.

The FHP said Gregory was not in a crosswalk and walked into the direct path of a 1994 Toyota four-door. The driver was not injured.

And a 21-year-old Deltona man was killed in a rollover crash at 6:25 a.m. on southbound State Road 417 near U.S. Highway 17-92 in Seminole County.

Troopers said Lemuel Humphrey was a passenger in a 2002 Dodge pickup driven by Tyler Courtney, 22, of Orange City. Courtney lost control of the pickup while changing lanes and overcorrected before striking a pole and overturned, the FHP said.

Humphrey was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said.

Charges are pending against Courtney, according to the FHP.

S.R. 417 was closed in the area but later reopened.

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