Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Crash Kills One

Car Overturns After Being Struck By Truck

MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- A Memorial Day morning crash on U.S. 27 in Glades county, Florida took the life of a Clewiston man about 8:10 a.m. May 27.

Luis Alberto Gonzalez-Pacheco, 48 of Clewiston was traveling south on US 27 in the outside lane in a 2008 Honda Accord. David Wayne Pirtle, 28 of Haines City, driving a 2008 Kenworth semi-tractor  was also traveling south on US 27 in the outside lane and was approaching the Honda from the rear.

Pirtle failed to recognize the Honda's slow rate of travel, and the right front of the truck struck the left rear of the Honda.  The Honda was then propelled southwest from the impact, left the roadway on the right side while rotating clockwise, and overturned once before coming to final rest on the grass shoulder upright and facing northwest.

The semi began to rotate counterclockwise after the impact while traveling southwest, and left the roadway on the right side while continuing to rotate counterclockwise before coming to final rest near the right side of the roadway, upright and facing east-northeast.

The Honda's driver, Mr. Luis Alberto Gonzalez-Pacheco was pronounced dead at the crash scene. His passenger, Mr. Leonardo Palenzuela, 29 of West Palm Beach was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt.

The investigation continues and charges are pending. FHP Trooper J. Mulhern and Cpl. Michael Michaud said it is unknown if alcohol was a factor for the Honda driver. Alcohol was not involved for the truck driver, they said.

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