The Clewiston News

Two local residents killed in Broward crash

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is investigating a head-on collision that killed two Clewiston residents Tuesday night.

The accident occurred at around 9:26 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Broward County.

Based on preliminary investigations, a 2009 Volvo S80, driven by Nathan Lee Wine, 27, of Delray Beach, was traveling south in the northbound lane of U.S. 27 just north of I-75, according to a report released by FHP.

A 2001 Toyota Sequoia, driven by 67-year-old Hermis Ruiz, of Clewiston, was reportedly traveling north in the northbound lane when it was struck head on by Wine’s Volvo.

The Volvo reportedly spun off the roadway after impact, while the Sequoia overturned and came to a final rest on its left side on the east shoulder.

Daisy C. Zayas, 62, of Clewiston; Ines Zayas Pena, 63, of Havana, Cuba; and Minerio Ruiz Torres, 69, of Havana, Cuba, were traveling as passengers with Ruiz in the Sequoia.

Wine, Ruiz, Zayas and Pena were pronounced deceased on the scene. Torres was reportedly taken to Broward Health North by Broward County Sheriff’s Air Rescue and remains in serious condition. The northbound lanes of U.S. 27 were reportedly closed for the investigation and were reopened at 3 a.m. on Sept. 9.

According to the report, it is unclear at this time whether alcohol played a role in the accident. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.