Fatal accident shuts down 710

INDIANTOWN — A Stuart man was killed Tuesday, April 30, in a fatal accident in Indiantown. His name has not yet been released, pending notification of next of kin.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Coulter’s report, the accident occurred at 10:32 a.m. when Dodge Dakota truck was struck twice by semis, ejecting the driver and causing the vehicle to burst into flames.

According to the FHP report, Michael Lecrenier, 55, of Okeechobee, was driving a 2014 Kenworth semi northbound on Southwest Warfield Boulevard approaching the intersection with Southwest Tommy Clements Street behind a 2002 Dodge Dakota, also northbound, driven by the Stuart man whose name has not been released.

Jose Antonio Suarez Delga, 53, of Miami, was driving a 2005 Peterbilt semi southbound, also on Southwest Warfield Boulevard.

The Dodge Dakota slowed as it approached the intersection. The driver of the Kenworth semi apparently failed to notice the truck in front had slowed. The Kenworth semi’s front bumper struck the rear of the Dodge truck, causing it to rotate to the left, into the path of the southbound Peterbilt semi. The southbound semi struck the right rear of the Dodge. The driver of the Dodge was ejected and the Dodge caught fire.

The Kenworth semi came to rest near the impact site on Southwest Warfield Boulevard. The Dodge Dakota came to final rest in the southbound lane of Southwest Warfield Boulevard. The Peterbilt semi came to rest in the west ditch of Southwest Warfield Boulevard.

The driver of the Dodge died at the accident scene. The other two drivers were not injured.

According to the FHP report, the accident was still under investigation at press time.

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