BROWARD COUNTY, FL- According to Local10.com, deadly wrong-way crash took place on Interstate 75 at about 11:50 at night on Monday, November 5, 2018. The collision occurred in the northbound lanes causing the closure of those lanes for several hours.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 23-year-old Flavia Pinto from Pembroke Pines was traveling the wrong direction in the northbound lanes.
Pinto’s vehicle hit a pickup truck head-on. The two occupants of the truck, identified as Jose Carabeo and Cindy Sanchez Carabeo were both seriously injured in the crash and transported to a nearby hospital.
Another vehicle, driven by 29-year-old Reynier Diaz, was involved in the crash but did not sustain any injuries. Results from the toxicology tests on Pinto are still pending.
Florida wrong-way crashes are deadly because of the intense forces at play. In many cases, drivers who are in the correct lanes and are safely operating their vehicles become engaged in head-on collisions with other vehicles because the crash takes place so fast that the innocent driver has no opportunity to react or make an evasive maneuver.
Wrong-way crashes are a specific type of head-on collision that is defined as a crash that takes place when one of the vehicles is traveling the wrong direction on a divided highway or on an access ramp and collides with a vehicle that is traveling in the correct direction. These collisions kill an average of about 300 or 400 people in the United States each year.
Highway engineers work to design roads in such a way as to reduce the prevalence of wrong-way driving.
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