Manatee, FL (11/08/2019) – A man from Palmetto died Friday morning after a five-vehicle accident. The crash happened around 7:35 am near the Mendoza Road overpass in the southbound lanes.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Christopher Paul Garcia ran his Toyota 4Runner into the left rear of a Toyota Corolla. The driver of the Corolla, Vanessa Kuncz, slowed down to change lanes and pass three vehicles stopped in the left lane. Garcia then struck the right rear of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Aaron J. Mack. The 4Runner spun and overturned in the grass median. After reversing, Garcia hit a Dodge pickup driven by Terry S. Ford and forced it into a Buick driven by Philip Spengler II.
Kuncz and her passenger, Mack and his passenger, Ford, and Spengler suffered minor injuries. Paramedics transported all, except Ford and Spengler, to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Garcia did not wear a seatbelt at the time of the crash. EMTs transported him to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Car accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. It’s essential that fatal car accidents be thoroughly investigated so that the cause of the collision can be understood, and the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable.
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