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Haines City man, 65, dies after four-vehicle crash on I-4 east of I-75, troopers say

A pickup failed to slow for stopped traffic and hit the rear of an SUV in which the victim was riding, according to the Highway Patrol
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Published Sep. 16
Updated Sep. 16

SEFFNER — A 65-year-old Haines City man died in a four-vehicle crash Thursday on Interstate 4 after a pickup truck failed to slow for stopped traffic and slammed into the rear of a car he was riding in, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash occurred at 6:22 a.m. at I-4 and Mango Road, east of Interstate 75.

A 46-year-old Dover man driving the pickup was headed west on I-4 in the inside lane and failed to slow for a line of stopped traffic in front of him, the Highway Patrol said.

The pickup struck the rear of a sport utility vehicle driven by a 48-year-old Haines City man, pushing it into another sport utility vehicle in front of him. The first SUV spun and came to a stop straddling the inside and center lanes.

The pickup, meantime, spun around the two SUVs and hit the rear of another car.

The passenger in the first SUV was taken to a hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The driver of this SUV received minor injuries.

No one else was hurt in the crash. All were wearing seatbelts.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the collision because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an amendment to the Florida Constitution.