Alexander Herrera and Misael Alonso, two Lakeland, Florida residents, were killed on Monday in a violent two-car crash, according to news reports. Wade Neely, 50, the driver of the second vehicle, and his passenger Brenda Neely, also 50, are alive but were badly injured in the collision. No charges have yet been filed.
The Florida Highway Patrol is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. Reports indicate that poor weather, including rain. may have had a hand in the accident. News reports suggest that the FHP has yet to determine whether alcohol was a factor.
Sources indicate that the accident occurred at 1:52 p.m. in Osceola County on State Road 60, near the intersection of State Road 60 and Peavine Road. Herrera and Alonso were headed west when Herrera, who was driving, lost control of his 2003 Toyota Matrix and veered into the wrong side of the road. Neely, who was headed east on State Road 60, was unable to avoid the collision, and Herrera’s vehicle struck his 2002 Chrysler Concorde on its’ right side.
The impact of the crash sent both cars spinning. The Toyota ended up turned over on the side of the road. Herrera, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from his vehicle; it is not clear whether Alonso was wearing a seatbelt or where he ended up. It is also know known whether the Neely couple was wearing seatbelts.
Wade and Brenda Neely were both taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center following the accident. Wade was last reported as in critical condition, while Brenda is in serious condition. Herrera and Alonso’s friends and family have not spoken to the press about the incident.
Serious accidents are all too common in Florida. Also on Monday, 44-year-old David Oglesby was hospitalized after he, too, lost control of his vehicle. Oglesby was last reported to be in critical condition, while his passenger, 51-year-old Catherine Peterson, was treated for minor injuries following the accident. The FHP is apparently still conducting an investigation into the incident, and no charges have yet been filed.
According to news reports, law enforcement officials are considering the possibility that the accident may have been a DUI. Blood was apparently drawn from Oglesby shortly after the crash and is currently being analyzed. The results will determine whether Oglesby will be charged. It is not clear where he and Peterson were coming from at the time of the accident.
Sources indicate that the one-vehicle crash occurred at around 6:45 p.m. near the intersection of Becks Lake Road and Gina Drive in Cantonment, Florida. Oglesby was driving on Becks Lake Road when his Jeep spun out of control for unknown reasons. The vehicle left the road, flipped over, and hit a tree. It is not clear how fast Oglesby was driving at the time, nor is it clear whether he and his passenger were wearing seatbelts.
After the accident, Oglesby had to be airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he is believed to still be receiving treatment. Peterson was treated for minor injuries.