Two people were killed early Tuesday in a head-on crash that involved a wrong-way driver.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a 37-year-old driver was heading west in the eastbound lane of Cortez Boulevard in Ridge Manor at about 1 a.m.
A deputy and the driver of a truck traveling in front of the deputy both swerved off the roadway to avoid a collision with the 37-year-old.
The deputy called for help, and about a minute later the driver crashed head-on into another vehicle traveling east near the Ridge Manor Campground.
The driver of that vehicle was 23-year-old Webster woman.
Both drivers died at the scene, according to reports.
Cortez Boulevard was blocked off for hours in both directions from McKethan Road to Westwood Drive. It was reopened at 7:25 a.m.
FHP is still investigating the crash.
Driving against traffic is quite possibly the deadliest decision that a driver can make. Wrong-way driving accidents are usually catastrophic. Families can lose loved ones, and survivors are often left with significant injuries resulting in astronomical medical costs. The loss in income due to death or injury caused by a wrong-way driver can also be devastating to survivors and/or family members.
The most common wrong-way driving collisions can be attributed to the following:
- Drunk drivers
- Speeding drivers. Most wrong-way driving accidents occur on interstates or freeways, and involve cars traveling at high rates of speed, which seriously decreases the survivability of a head-on crash.
- Limited visibility at night. It can get very dark at night on roads and highways, which only increases the possibility that a driver—drunk or sober—may become confused and drive the wrong way. The darkness also decreases the amount of reaction time that other drivers have to avoid the accident by swerving or slowing down.