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Theotis Campbell of Vero Beach, Florida in Collision on US 1; One Dead

Theotis Campbell of Vero Beach, Florida was involved in a fatal collision Tuesday in which the other driver died of her injuries, news sources report. Information regarding the 20-year-old victim’s identity was not immediately available following the incident. Campbell, 36, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center. The other victim was taken to Parrish Medical Center, where she reportedly passed away. Police are currently investigating the matter. So far, it is unclear whether police will press charges. It is also unclear whether anyone will file for damages.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 9:40 Tuesday morning on US 1 in Titusville, near Columbia Boulevard. Campbell was northbound on US1 in his 2002 Chevrolet SUV when he reportedly lost control of his vehicle. The cause of the loss of control has not been specified. The SUV veered into the southbound lanes of the highway, where it collided head-on with a 2004 Toyota Matrix, sources allege. The Toyota rolled over during the collision, reports say. The driver of the Toyota was reportedly wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred. Neither driver had passengers, sources suggest.

Campbell’s injuries were minor; he was purportedly rushed to the Holmes Regional Medical Center for treatment. The other driver suffered more serious injuries and was transported to the Parrish Medical Center. Sadly, that victim died of her injuries. Her identity is being withheld from public reports until authorities have located and informed her next of kin of her death.

Freeway car crashes can be especially dangerous, due to the high rates of speed often involved. This is especially true of rollover accidents; loss of control or a collision can easily flip a fast-moving vehicle, crushing the occupants or ejecting them if they are not properly belted in. Last month, a 51-year-old Tampon Springs resident, Nancy Gilberti, died when her vehicle rolled over in a single-vehicle accident, sources report. Gilberti was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. No one else appears to have been injured, and it does not appear as though Gilberti had any passengers at the time of the accident. Police are currently investigating.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 3:00 Thursday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 75. Reports say Gilberti was traveling east on the interstate near Mile Marker 38 in her 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer. For reasons that are not yet known, sources say Gilberti lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle veered off the interstate and rolled over on the grassy shoulder, sources indicate.

Rescue workers rushed to the scene, but Gilberti had already died of her injuries, reports say. The Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue’s Regional Everglades Unit extracted Gilberti from her crushed vehicle while a sheriff’s helicopter circled the area. “We were continuing the search for any possible victims that could have been ejected,” a police spokesperson reportedly said. “We found no one else.”

Traffic in the area had to slow down around the accident site but none of the lanes were shut down, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Sources: 9.24.13 Campbell Creash.pdf, 9.24.13 Gilberti Crash.pdf.

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