2 killed in head-on, wrong-way crash on SR 429 in Orange County

Driver of Isuzu truck critically hurt in wreck

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Two drivers were killed Thursday morning in a wrong-way, head-on crash involving two other vehicles in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The double fatal crash was reported at 10 a.m. on State Road 429 near mile marker 19. Northbound lanes of S.R. 429 were closed in the area. The road reopened shortly before 7 p.m.

According to the FHP, witnesses said a white LandRover driven by 39-year-old Kevin Butz was traveling in the grass median of S.R. 429 before driving south in the northbound lanes.

The front of the LandRover struck an Isuzu truck that was traveling northbound, causing the truck to roll onto its side, troopers said.

The truck was driven by 30-year-old Demetrius Starling.

The right side of a Toyota Camry, driven by a 38-year-old Davenport man, struck the side of the LandRover, the FHP said. The Isuzu ended up on the hood of a Chevrolet Cruze driven by a 27-year-old Winter Garden woman, officials said.

Butz was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to an FHP report.

Starling was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the FHP said.

The drivers of the Camry and Cruze were not injured.

The FHP initially identified the wrong-way vehicle as a Range Rover.

 

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