22-year-old man killed after rear-ending truck on US 1 in Hobe Sound

HOBE SOUND, Fla. - A 22-year-old Palm Beach Gardens man was killed when he hit a construction truck and lost control of his car.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at about 5 p.m. on US Highway 1 just north of SE 171st  Street in Martin County.

The construction vehicle was traveling slower than the posted speed, due to moving construction work directly in front of it.

FHP said Derek M. Monroe of Palm Beach Gardens failed to merge properly and hit the construction truck in the rear.

Monroe’s car then rotated into the outside lane and then into a guardrail along the outside grass shoulder.

He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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