Valrico man dies from crash injuries

OKEECHOBEE — A Valrico, Fla. man has died from injuries sustained in a Nov. 19 motor vehicle crash in Okeechobee.

According to the Okeechobee City Police report, the accident occurred just after midnight on the morning of Nov. 19 in downtown Okeechobee.
Robert William Alfano, 31, of Valrico, was pronounced dead at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center about 23 hours after the crash.

“On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at approximately 00:14 hrs., I was dispatched to State Rd 15 South (aka U.S. 441 or Parrott Avenue) in reference to an accident in front of Golden Corral,” stated OCP Sgt. Belen Reyna in his report.

“Upon arrival, I observed a semi blocking the roadway. Civilians that heard the accident told me the driver was bleeding and not responsive. I then observed a small car with the roof pealed off and the driver of that vehicle unconscious. EMS arrived on scene and transported the victim to a landing zone to be flown to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for serious head trauma,” he reported.

A 31-year-old Valrico man died from injuries sustained when his 2010 Toyota collided with a 2007 Freightliner tractor pulling a 2015 box trailer. The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2015. Photo: Special to the Okeechobee News/Nooch Martin

A 31-year-old Valrico man died from injuries sustained when his 2010 Toyota collided with a 2007 Freightliner tractor pulling a 2015 box trailer. The accident occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2015. Photo: Special to the Okeechobee News/Nooch Martin

The driver of the semi was identified as Alberto Hernandez Vasques, 58, of Synder, Texas. He was driving a 2007 Freightliner tractor pulling a 2015 box trailer. The truck had a Kentucky license tag.

Mr. Vasques told the officer he pulled left out of S.W. Seventh Street turning left onto Parrott Avenue.

The driver advised the officer he observed the Toyota to his left at a distance of about three or four blocks, and to the right he observed another vehicle approaching heading north.

“Mr. Vasques said he pulled out of S.W. Seventh Street. He stopped in the middle of the road so that the vehicle to his right could pass and he could proceeded with his left hand turn. Mr. Vasques said, that is when the Toyota hit his semi trailer,” the report states.

In the crash, the Toyota’s front and roof made contact with the left side of the trailer.

Sgt. Reyna stated that he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the Toyota. In a backpack that was on the passenger side of the car he found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and narcotics. He could not find an identification in the backpack. He stated that he found a wallet with an ID in the center console. The Toyota was towed to Johns Towing and placed in storage for further investigation. The driver of the semi also pulled the trailer to Johns Towing for further investigation.

“On Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, I was advised by the medical examiner’s office Bill Miller, that Robert W. Alfano was deceased,” Sgt. Reyna’s report continued.

He was pronounced dead with no brain activity at 11:28 p.m. on Nov. 19, the report stated.

Total damage to the semi trailer was $3,000. Total damage to the Toyota was $10,000.

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