Fatal crash on State Road 80

LABELLE – Tomas G. Hernandez, 20, of Clewiston lost his life Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 5:59 a.m. in a traffic crash on State Road 80.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Crash Investigator M. Reed, the accident happened around 6 a.m. near Townsend Canal Road.

Mr. Hernandez was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt eat on State Road 80 at the time of the accident.

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According to the FHP report, a 1996 Freightliner, driven by Carlos Raynier Hernandez, 37, of Fort Denaud, was traveling north in the driveway of 7261 SR-80, pulling onto SR 80.

A witness vehicle was traveling east on SR-80 in the outside lane approaching the driveway access, according to the report.

Mr. Hernandez’s Cobalt was also traveling east on SR-80 in the outside lane directly behind the witness vehicle.

The Freightliner made a right turn into the outside lane of SR-80, traveling east, according to the FHP report. The Freightliner established the outside lane and proceeded to gain speed.

Mr. Hernandez’s vehicle proceeded into the inside eastbound lane and passed the witness vehicle.

According to the FHP report, after passing the witness vehicle, the Cobalt traveled southeast into the outside lane. The front portion of the Cobalt struck the rear portion of the Freightliner.

Mr. Hernandez was pronounced dead on the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

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