A 79-year old Florida driver was killed and two passengers were injured this Saturday in a Manatee car collision along Interstate 275.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver was heading north on I-275 in the early morning hours when he experienced an unidentified medical condition. He then collapsed onto one of his passengers, 75-year old Richard Dalpian.
The 2006 Mercury proceeded to veer into a concrete wall running parallel to the interstate and was then ricocheted across multiple lanes of traffic. The automobile then veered back across the interstate hitting the wall once again where it finally came to a rest. Other drivers narrowly missed the out of control vehicle.
The driver, Port Charlotte resident James Boyer, was pronounced dead at the scene. A second passenger, 98 year-old Maria Dalpian, was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Richard Dalpian sustained minor injuries and was also taken to Manatee Memorial hospital.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that all passengers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision. Such safety precautions have saved lives in many Manatee County and Tampa car accidents. The hospital has yet to release an update regarding the passenger’s current medical conditions.