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Man dies after car crashes into palm tree, Melbourne police say

Wet roads may have led to crash, report shows

Melbourne Police Department
Melbourne Police Department


MELBOURNE, Fla. – An 88-year-old man died Friday after Melbourne police say the vehicle he was riding in crashed into a palm tree.

The driver of the vehicle was going east on Sarno Road and made a left turn into north U.S. 1 when the vehicle began to hydroplane, according to the crash report.

The driver lost control and left the road hitting a palm tree.

Police said the passenger, 88-year-old Antonios Peter Maniatis, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he later died.

The crash is still under investigation but police do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor.