A Dade City man died in a four-vehicle crash in Hernando County Monday afternoon that involved a jackknifed semi, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported.
Eric Easter, 57, died in the crash, which occurred about 4:10 p.m. on State Road 50 near Riverland Clay Sink Road.
Troopers said Jose Moreno, 38, of Groveland, was driving a 2014 Chevy Malibu west on State Road 50 when he lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane. The Malibu hit the side of an eastbound 2016 Mack tractor trailer driven by Oscar Paraza, 38, also of Groveland.
The semi’s trailer traveled over the Malibu. The tractor trailer then hit the left side of Easter’s vehicle, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma that was heading west on State Road 50.
The tractor trailer then went into the shoulder, jackknifed and stopped, at which point a fourth vehicle, a 2006 GMC Sierra driven by Garrett Cramer, 24, of Webster, hit it.
Easter was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead, troopers said.
Moreno suffered serious injuries, as did one of his passengers, Adrian Reyes, 28, of Mascotte. A third passenger in the Malibu, Genesis Reyna, a 6-year-old girl, had minor injuries, troopers reported. All three were taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital.
Peraza also suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Advent Health of Dade City.
Cramer suffered minor injuries but did not require hospitalization.
Troopers said the crash remains under investigation.