Gary Smith, 53, of Palm Bay, Killed in 2-Vehicle Crash on I-95 in Brevard
FlaglerLive | March 1, 2016
Gary Smith, a 53-year-old resident of Palm Bay, was killed early this morning (March 1) in a two-vehicle crash as he was driving south on I-95, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
Justin Looman, a 29-year-old resident of West Melbourne, was seriously injured in the crash.
According to FHP, Looman was at the wheel of a 2012 Jeep. Smith was driving a 1993 Jeep. Just after 2 a.m., they were on I-95 in the area of Palm Shores in Brevard County. Looman was in the center lane, Smith was in the right, or outside, lane. Looman was merging over into the right lane when the right-front of his Jeep struck the left rear of Smith’s Jeep.
The collision caused Smith’s Jeep to overturn several times and travel down the right embankment of the highway, the FHP report states. The Jeep came to rest on its left side, ejecting Smith along the way. Smith was found in the wooded area along the road. The FHP report notes that he was not wearing a seat belt. Looman’s Jeep traveled further south for a distance before going off the roads and into the tree-line.
Smith was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Looman was taken to Viera Hospital. The investigation is continuing, and charges are pending.