ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — Two northbound Interstate 95 drivers ran into one of a motorist's greatest fears Sunday night: a person lying in the road in the dark.
Both vehicles hit 16-year-old David Benitez, who had just been thrown into the highway's northbound lanes when a Ford Expedition, in which he was a passenger, veered into the median and rolled over several times around 8:38 p.m. Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Benitez, of Hialeah, died in the accident south of Indrio Road. A passenger who was riding with him, Donia Otano, 14, of Hollywood, also was thrown out, and she ended up under the Expedition in the median. She was hospitalized in critical condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
The Expedition's driver, Midialia Rodriguez, 39, of Hialeah, and two other passengers, both of Hollywood, were hospitalized in serious conditions at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute. according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Rodriguez was southbound on the highway when his vehicle went into the median. The accident is not alcohol related, according a FHP report.
Benitez was struck by a Chevy Cobalt. from Belle Glade, and a Ford Mustang, from Oviedo. The Oviedo driver had minor injuries.
The accident is under investigation.