Patsy Ralph Simeoli of Middlebury, Florida was killed in a hit-and-run car accident on Thursday, sources say. Simeoli, 51, passed away at Orange Park Medical Center following the collision. According to Florida Highway Patrol, and ongoing investigation has been launched to identify the driver of the other vehicle. It is not clear whether police have any leads.
News sources say that Simeoli was driving is 2003 Honda Accord down Russell Road, just south of Watkins Road, towards an unknown destination when the accident occurred. A witness purportedly told Florida Highway Patrol that another vehicle heading north on Russell Road veered into Simeoli’s lane, forcing him to swerve to avoid a collision. However, the swerve caused Simeoli to drift onto the west should of the street and crashed into a tree. Florida Highway Patrol stated that Simeoli, who was traveling alone, was not wearing a seat belt.
The other vehicle, which may have contained passengers, reportedly fled the scene before rescuers arrived and rushed Simeoli to the hospital. Reports say that Simeoli died shortly after from his injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is asking anyone with information regarding the other driver’s identity to please contact them. A description of the car and its driver were not available at press time.
In other news, Brian Andrew Concepcion, a recent Summerfield, Florida high school graduate, was killed in a driving accident when his jeep swerved off the road and overturned. Concepcion, 18, had just recently graduated from Belleview High School and was on his way to the Too Your Health Spa when the tragic accident occurred.
Reports indicate that Concepcion was driving north on Southeast 36th Avenue when he noticed a friend driving behind him. Sources say that Concepcion, who friends say was known for being lighthearted and friendly, stood up in his jeep to wave from his sunroof to his friend. The friend and another witness apparently told Florida Highway Patrol that when Concepcion went to sit back down, he accidentally jerked his steering wheel. This reportedly sent the jeep off of the road an onto the east shoulder.
Florida Highway Patrol then said that the jeep struck a cement culvert, sending it airborne. It then rolled forward into a stop sign located at the intersection of Southeast 36th Avenue and Southeast 115th Street before striking a tree. According to reports, the jeep overturned at least once and Concepcion, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle.
Concepcion was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical workers, sources indicate. A spokesperson from the Florida Highway Patrol purportedly told reporters that Concepcion was traveling alone at the time of the accident. A trooper also told reporters that it was unclear whether speed may have played a role in the crash. “He was on his way to the gym. It was his daily routine,” a friend of Concepcion told reporters.
The Florida Highway Patrol allowed Concepcion’s parents to view his body before it was transported away by medical examiners. The pair was not immediately available for comment.