Sarasota county, FL – A crash involving two semis on Interstate 75 left one truck driver dead on the early morning of April 4th, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The victim was identified as 27-year old Matthew Simon. At about 5 a.m., Simon was driving a Freightliner semi south on I-75 in the right lane near mile marker 184. As Simon approached a slower Freightliner semi being driven by 61-year old Fernando Irizarry Rivera of Saint Cloud in the same lane, he did not reduce his speed.
Simon rear-ended Rivera and drifted off the roadway onto the paved where the truck caught on fire.
Rivera was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he suffered minor injuries. Simon was killed in the crash while enduring fatal injuries.
The crash caused Interstate 75 to be closed for hours and currently remains under investigation.