The Clewiston News

FHP: Man attempting to pass traffic results in Hendry County double fatality

Investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a deadly accident this morning to find the drivers of both vehicles deceased on State Road 80 in Hendry County, just west of Lexington Parkway.

The accident happened at approximately 5:40 a.m. and claimed the lives of 25-year-old Nicholas Mankiewicz, of Fort Myers, and 55-year-old Cebert Williams, of Lehigh Acres, according to information released by FHP.

In a report released today, Lt. Greg Bueno, FHP public information officer, reported that an attempt to pass slower traffic by one of the drivers had resulted in the crash.

Mankiewicz, who was traveling west on State Road 80 in his 2005 Toyota Tundra, is believed to have crossed into the eastbound lane in an attempt to pass slower traffic.

Williams was traveling east in his 2002 Ford Expedition, and tried to avoid the collision by traveling into the south shoulder of State Road 80. Unfortunately, Mankiewicz attempted the same maneuver and his pickup truck slammed head-on into Williams’ SUV.

The violent collision resulted in the death of both drivers at the scene.

According to the report, neither of the drivers is believed to have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. FHP investigators say it is unknown if alcohol played a role in the deadly accident.