Seminole County

Man dies after being ejected from SUV into lake during hit-and-run crash, troopers say

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol troopers are searching for a hit-and-run driver who caused a deadly chain-reaction crash early Sunday.

Troopers said the crash happened around 1:18 a.m. on southbound State Road 417 in Seminole County.

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The crash happened on the highway bridge over Lake Jesup and resulted in a 60-year-old Orlando man being ejected from an SUV into the water below, according to a report.

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Troopers said someone driving a tractor-trailer struck an SUV and caused it to lose control and crash into a concrete wall.

The SUV spun around and crashed into the wall a second time, causing one of the passengers inside to be thrown out the rear window and into Lake Jesup.

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Another SUV then crashed into the first SUV spun into the concrete wall on the side of the bridge.

Troopers said all three vehicles were going south on SR-417 at the time of the chain-reaction crash and the tractor-trailer driver kept going after crashing into the first SUV.

The body of the man who was ejected into Lake Jesup during the crash was later recovered.

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Troopers said four people were taken to a hospital for treatment, two with serious injuries.

Anyone with information about the tractor-trailer driver is asked to 911 or the Florida Highway Patrol at 407-737-2213.

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