Tuesday, March 24, 2009

FHP Looking For Information In Fatal Crash

Hendry Crash Leaves One Dead, Three In Hospital

CLEWISTON, FL. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident in Hendry County on County Road 845 and County Road 833 near Ocean Boy Farms. This is a single vehicle rollover crash involving a green 1998 Nissan van. There were a total of 6 people in the vehicle which crashed at 6:45 a.m Tuesday.

Manuel Gomez Santis, 26 of Clewiston was pronounced deceased on scene and three people were flown to area hospitals. The driver, described as a Hispanic male, wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt was observed walking from the crash scene and had right arm and face injuries. The FHP was trying to contact Rodolfo Nunez Velasco, 01/19/1980 as a person of interest in this case, who has been determined to be the driver.

If you have any information regarding this crash or the location of Mr. Velasco please contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-938-1800 or *FHP

The Nissan was southbound on CR-835. For an unknown reason it drifted off the roadway onto the westbound dirt and grass shoulder. The driver overcorrected and entered back onto the roadway and traveled across both lanes of CR-835. The vehicle entered the eastbound dirt/grass shoulder. The left rear struck a large utility pole, and overturned, coming to final rest on its roof facing northwest.

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