ER doctor dies in head-on crash near Oviedo



SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Friends and colleagues are remembering the doctor who was killed early Saturday morning in a wrong-way crash on State Road 417.

David Briones, 57, was driving southbound on State Road 417 near Red Bug Lake Road around 2 a.m. when Noel Alvarado, 30, crashed into his Nissan Sentra head-on, according to FHP.

Both Briones and Alvarado were killed in the crash.

Briones had just finished his shift in the emergency room at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

"I can't express how much we will miss him and how much we hurt for his wife and children," said Dr. James Snyder, ER Medical Director at the hospital.

Briones had been a physician at the hospital for 11 years.

“David Briones was one of the smartest, most competent physicians we had at this facility,” said Snyder. “David helped a lot of people and he saved a lot of lives. He will really, really be missed.”

Investigators still do not know why Alvarado was driving northbound in the southbound lanes. Video shot by another driver shows Alvarado driving the wrong way just prior to the crash.

The Florida Department of Transportation said it has already installed some wrong-way signs and sensors in hopes of preventing crashes like these.

"Wrong-way detection signs that actually utilize radar, or sensors in the road to detect a vehicle in the road that is going that is going contrary to the traffic flow on a particular ramp," said Chad Huff, with FDOT.

Officials said they plan to install the signs at the intersection of SR 528 and SR 520, and on SR 408 as part of a pilot program.

Seminole County deputies shut down the exit ramps and the southbound lanes of traffic for almost three hours Saturday morning.

It is not known if alcohol was a factor in the crash.