MOORE HAVEN, FL. -- Richard McGoogan Rhynes, 78 from Sebring, Florida is dead after a crash on U.S. 27 near Lykes Road in Glades county Saturday.
Deputy David Springman and Sergeant Mark Taylor of the Glades County Sheriff's Office responded and unsuccessfully attempted to extricate the driver as the crashed vehicle became fully engulfed in flames.
The victim, in a 2012 Toyota Sienna was northbound on US HWY 27 from North Miami traveling towards Sebring at 5:40 a.m. when he failed to negotiate the right curve south of Boar Hammock as the left side tires of exited the pavement into the median.
The Toyota van entered a clockwise yaw and returned to the roadway as the driver over corrected to the left and the vehicle crossed the northbound lanes and exited the pavement onto the east shoulder then entered a counter-clockwise rotation.
It then rotated before the front struck the cantilever mast for a railroad crossing and burst into flames. Identification of the man was delayed for 14 hours pending notification of next of kin.