Orange City Man Dies In U.S. 17 Crash In DeLeon Springs

By on September 25, 2018 in WNDB News

DeLeon Springs, FL – Charges are pending against a DeLeon Springs woman after an accident on U.S. 17 this afternoon (September 25th) led to the death of a 55-year-old Orange City man.

It happened just after 2 p.m. near the Davis Street intersection in DeLeon Springs, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP Lieutenant Kim Montes says two vehicles – a 2011 Chevrolet 4-door and a 1999 Ford pickup truck – were involved and that the man who died – now identified as James Miller – was a passenger in the Ford.

“[The Chevy] was traveling westbound on Davis Street approaching U.S. 17,” Montes noted. “[The Ford] was traveling southbound on U.S. 17.”

Per the FHP report, the left side of the Ford – which had a flatbed trailer attached to the back – was hit by the Chevy after entering the intersection. The impact forced the Ford off the road, overturning on its right side.

All lanes southbound on U.S. 17 were blocked for over five hours afterwards while troopers processed the crash scene.

The driver of the Chevy – 25-year-old Angelita Hipolito of DeLeon Springs – suffered minor injuries, as did the driver of the Ford, per FHP. He’s been identified as 39-year-old Ryan Meridith of DeLand.

The report noted that Miller was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, while Hipolito and Meridith were.

Alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in the accident, per FHP.

Troopers were dispatched to the scene 13 minutes after the accident happened, with the first unit arriving 23 minutes after that at 2:41 p.m., according to FHP’s website.

Screenshot above is courtesy of FHP.


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