Port St. Lucie man struck and killed on I-95 in Volusia County

Posted at 1:55 PM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 05:54:41-04

A Port St. Lucie man died early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 95.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Efrain Merced, 59, of Port St. Lucie was a passenger in a semi truck that stopped to assist people in an overturned vehicle accident near mile marker 277 in Volusia County at 1:30 a.m.


FHP says an unknown red vehicle was traveling northbound on I-95 and, while attempting to change lanes, collided with another vehicle, causing that vehicle to swerve, strike the median and overturn. The red vehicle never stopped.

According to FHP, another vehicle, a 2011 Toyota sport-utility vehicle, stopped at the scene of the crash. While Merced was acting as a Good Samaritan, attending to the crash victims, a 24-year-old man driving a 2016 Toyota struck the SUV and Merced, killing him. Merced died at the scene.

FHP says the wreck crash remains under investigation.