Last Updated: Nov. 17, 9:06 a.m.
The third wreck in the span of 19 hours on Flagler roads Wednesday took the life of David Anthony Adorante of Flagler Beach on I-95 late that evening.
Adorante, 50, was traveling south on I-95, at mile marker 294, just north of the Matanzas overpass, at 9:20 Wednesday evening (Nov. 16). He was in the right lane, traveling at extremely high speed, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A semi truck registered to Miami-based Caribe Trucking Express, attached to a shipping container, was traveling in the same southbound lane at normal speed for a truck–60 to 65, the highway patrol said, when the driver of the Nissan, for an unknown reason, slammed into the truck’s rear axle.
The driver of the truck, Roberto Ramirez, 50, of Hialeah, Fla., felt the jolt and saw, in his rear-view mirror, the Nissan begin to flip many times. The Nissan came to rest facing north, straddling the right and center lanes, and leaving behind it a trail of car parts about 75 to 100 yards long. The Nissan was mangled beyond recognition. Adorante was pronounced dead at the scene when paramedics from the Palm Coast Fire Department arrived at the scene. He was extricated from the car at 11:22. Ramirez was not injured, but the rear tires and axle of the truck were severely damaged. The FHP estimates the truck’s damage at $6,000.
The interstate was shut down at the U.S.1 interchange several miles north of the wreck, and remained shut down after midnight as crews worked the scene. The highway patrol had been unable to find the driver’s identity: no wallet, no papers were discovered in the car, in so far as it could be searched. The Florida license plate connected the car’s ownership to a Flagler County man. But it could not immediately be confirmed that the man who drove the car was its owner. The car bore a specialty “Protect Our Reefs” license plate, carried by just 329 cars in Flagler as of November. The highway patrol released the identity of the men involved in the wreck Thursday morning after 8 a.m.
Adorante, who went by the name of Tony, was a graduate of Mainland High School and Kensington College. On his Facebook page, he listed Clint Eastwood, Ronald Reagan , Martin Luther King Jr. and George Demello among his inspirations, and had a penchant for 1970s music and culture: Jonathan Linvingston Seagull, the 1970 Richard Bach sensation, was among his favorite books.
Wednesday began with a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. 1, near Matanzas Woods Parkway (parallel to the night wreck on I-95). The U.S. 1 wreck took the life of 21-year-old Victoria Jordan, a Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate, and sent 25-year-old Kendall J. Thomas to Halifax Hospital. A second wreck involving two cars took place on I-95 at 9:30 a.m. northbound, just past the weigh station. Two people went to the hospital.
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