A 20-year-old Oakland Park man was arrested after a deadly crash shut down Alligator Alley for hours.
The suspect, Amari Jones, is facing charges after a Cape Coral woman died and two others were seriously injured in the crash in Collier County around 2:45 p.m.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, the woman who was killed, Shelli Lynn, was a passenger in an SUV involved in the crash. They said three vehicles were involved in the crash that happened in the eastbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 97 on the alley.
Officials said Jones was arrested and is facing charges of driving without a license involving serious injury, fleeing & eluding, and possession of burglary tools.
Troopers said the sedan driven by Jones was traveling at a high speed and crossed the median and hit the SUV towing a boat.
Debris from the initial crash then damaged the third vehicle.
The sedan landed on the westbound I-75 inside the guardrail and emergency lane, FHP confirmed.
The boat being towed by one of the SUVs separated from the vehicle in the middle of the westbound lanes. The third vehicle damaged by debris ended up in the median on I-75.
The driver of the sedan and the driver of the SUV towing a boat also sustained serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation. Troopers said additional charges are pending in this crash.
Comment from Anidjar and Levine:
Marc Anidjar, from the Law Firm of Anidjar and Levine, comments on this crash. “A woman was killed and two others suffered serious injuries after this unfortunate accident that occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 97 on Alligator Alley. Our condolence goes to the families of the dead woman and the injured. Injuries and deaths sustained in a motorcycle or vehicle accident can affect the lives of all parties involved and their families who feel the effects even when they are not directly involved. The pain and suffering that comes with these incidents can become a major burden on day-to-day life.”
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