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Fatal Collision between Tractor-Trailer and Pick-up Truck on I-75

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A Lake Butler man was killed, and three others were seriously injured following a trucking collision in Gainesville. The accident occurred on February 18, 2014 along Interstate 75, at the Archer Road exit. According to FHP, Ronald W. Sapp, 33, of Lake Butler was traveling south on I-75 in a GMC 1500. Also in Sapp’s vehicle were two passengers, Kristopher Doski, 29, of Ormond Beach, and Michael P. Hammer, 52, of Lake City.

As Sapp operated his vehicle in the center lane, a semi, driven by James A. Gloss, 62, of Longwood, was also headed southbound, in the right the lane. As reported by FHP, Sapp’s pickup truck pulled in front of the semi, and then apparently came to an abrupt stop, causing the semi to collide with the Sapp’s vehicle.

The impact of the rear-end collision caused Sapp’s pickup to overturn, and subsequently land on the driver’s side. The semi collided with several trees after going off the highway. Tragically, Sapp suffered fatal injuries as a result of the rollover collision, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Fortunately, Sapp’s passengers, Doski and Hammer, survived the crash, however both sustained serious injuries. The driver of the semi, Gloss, was also seriously injured in the accident. All three surviving victims were transported to UF Health Shands.

The Trucking Collision Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. express our sincere sympathies to the family and loved ones of Ronald Sapp, as they grieve over their loss. We also wish wellness upon Doski, Hammer, and Gloss, as they recover from their injuries.

As personal injury and wrongful death attorneys, we take note of the alarming accident rates that continue to plague those who travel on I-75. We hope the residents of our community will also take note of the risks associated with this dangerous highway.

Of particular concern is the high volume of large commercial trucks, which motorists are forced to share the roadway with. We must remain aware that the size and weight of these large trucks greatly effect stopping and maneuvering capabilities, in comparison to the average passenger vehicle, and therefore can often inhibit a truck driver’s ability to effectively react to the actions of other motorists. For more information on this topic, see How Trucking Collisions Vary from Other Accidents.

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