Two people were killed and three seriously injured early Sunday in a five-car accident on Interstate 4 that Florida Highway Patrol troopers describe as alcohol-related. Holly Farias, 18, of Davenport was killed when her car was struck head-on by a car traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-4 about seven miles west of Plant City.
The driver who caused the accident, Rosario Abrigo, 31, of Seffner also was killed, authorities said.
Highway Patrol records say Abrigo was driving a 1979 Chevrolet at high speed the wrong way on I-4 about 1:50 a.m. After he crashed into Farias' Toyota, a third vehicle, a Ford, tried to avoid the crash but sideswiped the Toyota and a fourth car, a Chevrolet.
A passenger in Farias' car, Susan Rowland of Lake Alfred, was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where she was in critical condition Sunday afternoon.
The drivers of the third and fourth vehicles were not injured. But a passenger in the fourth vehicle, Fitzhugh Kirwan of Orlando, suffered minor knee injuries.
About two minutes after the four-car accident, another car traveling east on I-4 was unable to avoid the wreckage, swerved onto the grassy median and overturned, Highway Patrol records said.
Robert Trudell, 24, of Lakeland suffered minor injuries, but his two passengers, both also of Lakeland, were injured and admitted to hospitals. Laurel Wagner, 22, was in good condition at Tampa General, while Sabrina Phillips, 22, was in stable condition at St. Joseph's Hospital.
The report, which called the accident alcohol-related, does not specify who was drinking.