Troy Snook: Veteran in deadly wrong-way I-95 crash was under influence of alcohol, medical examiner

MARTIN COUNTY — The blood alcohol content of the driver who caused the wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 in October and died was likely more than two times the legal limit, said the chief medical examiner for the Treasure Coast.

Toxicology reports released Thursday revealed Troy Snook, a 31-year-old Port St. Lucie resident, had a blood alcohol content of 0.156, which is nearly two times the legal limit of .08, 2 1/2 hours after the accident, said Dr. Roger Mittleman.

Mittleman estimated Snook's blood alcohol content would have been about 0.2 at the time of the crash.

No other drugs were found in Snook's system other than ones given to him after the accident for medical reasons, Mittleman said.

Snook's manner of death was ruled an accident, and his cause of death was determined to be multiple blunt trauma injuries, according to Mittleman's report.

Just before 2 a.m. Oct. 30, Snook was driving south in his 2013 Toyota Tacoma in a northbound inside lane about 2 miles from Stuart's Kanner Highway, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. It's unknown why he was driving the wrong way.

Snook crashed into 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident Karsten Andersen's 2003 Ford Explorer, making that SUV rotate and overturn on its side across the northbound lanes, according to the FHP.

One of Andersen's passengers, 26-year-old Bryan Jackson of Port St. Lucie, died as a result of the crash. Andersen suffered serious injuries, and another passenger, 21-year-old Shane O'Brien of Port St. Lucie, had minor injuries.

Port St. Lucie resident Edwin Luis Ruiz, 53, who was driving a 1998 Volvo Tractor, tried to avoid Andersen's rotating vehicle, but hit it, sending it spinning across the outside lane and into the path of Miami resident Felix Junior Diaz Alonso's 2005 Mazda MPV, according to FHP officials. Ruiz's vehicle veered to the left and hit the center guardrail.

Neither Ruiz nor his passenger, 36-year-old Baltimore resident Patricia Ann Stancil, was injured, according to FHP officials. Alonso, 18, suffered minor injuries, according to the report.

The crash still remained under investigation Thursday, said FHP spokesman Sgt. Mark Wysocky. He didn't expect the case to be closed for another month or so.

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