Around 3:30 in the morning on Saturday, a Dodge pickup was driving west on U.S. Highway 92 in Volusia County. For reasons that are not immediately clear, the driver of this pickup, a 27-year-old man named Justin Wagner, activated the hazard lights of the van and began to make a turn off of the highway onto the right shoulder of the road. While in the process of leaving the highway, Wagner was suddenly jarred out of his plans when his car was struck from behind by van, causing both vehicles to receive a tremendous amount of damage.
While there are still a number of details relating to this case that the Florida Highway Patrol has yet to make public (assuming that they even have all the details), the initial report from the Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, Sgt. Kim Montes, indicates that after Wagner activated his hazard lights the driver of the van never slowed down. Instead, the driver of the van, an unnamed 55-year-old, continued to drive forward at the same rate of speed, causing him to collide heavily and aggressively with the truck slowing down in front of him.
While it is not known just who called the emergency response teams, it is clear that the wreck was a violent one. When the first responders arrived, they found themselves in the middle of a chaotic scene. While Wagner, a DeLeon Springs resident, was traveling alone, the 55-year-old was in the company of two other individuals. Ambulance crews wound up transporting both Wagner and the two passengers in the Dodge van to Halifax Medical Center. It is believed that the injuries suffered by one of the passengers was described as being serious while the other passenger and Wagner himself were both in non-critical condition and suffering from minor injuries.
The driver of the van was killed in the accident.
At this time, it is not known whether or not any of the surviving individuals will face any charges from the authorities or another sector relating to this accident, is it not clear if the Florida Highway Patrol is still considering this accident under investigation.
James O. Cunningham
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