Alachua, FL (October 3, 2018) - A crash on I-75 near mile marker 397 left one person dead. The crash happened on Wednesday, October 3rd around 4:40 am.
Police report that Patrick Waughon, 39, was traveling in the southbound lanes of I-75 in a white Ford Fiesta when he struck the rear end of a semi-trailer and truck driven by 43-year-old Willie Hill. Part of the trailer was in the roadway on I-75 and was partially blocking the lane. Waughon died at the scene of the crash.
Hill and a passenger in the truck sustained no injuries. FHP reports that charges are pending in the crash.
A fatal crash is reported approximately every 8 hours in Florida. Many fatal crashes take place on highways where commercial vehicles operate and passenger vehicles travel at higher speeds. Highway driving can be very dangerous and drivers must always pay close attention to their surroundings when traveling on the highway.
In this crash, it appears as though the truck driver was negligent by leaving his truck partially blocking the roadway. The driver may face a civil suit for wrongful death in connection with the death of Patrick Waughon. In Florida, the next-of-kin may bring a wrongful death claim against a person whose negligence led to the death of a loved one.
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