A fatal crash involving 7 people has left a Palm Bay, Florida couple and their pet dog dead. Authorities are still investigating the crash, specifically why a semi-tractor trailer driver failed to slow down at a closed exit on Interstate 95. Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol, say full responsibility for the crash falls on the semi-tractor trailer driver. Montes also pointed out, that because of ever-changing road conditions, such as detours, pre-planned closures or other road construction, including sudden events, drivers should always pay attention. And, although the same trip of I-95 has seen 3 other accidents in recent days, the road construction does not appear to be a factor in the collisions – it is driver inattentiveness.
In addition to the Palm Bay couple, identified as Todd and Marcy Olthoff, both 48, and their pet dog who died, 2 other people sustained serious personal injuries. Sandra Keen, 72, and her passenger Phillip Keen, 74, were both transported to Holmes Medical Regional Center in Melbourne, Florida – both remain in critical condition. Another man involved in the crash, 35-year-old Filbert Delva who was driver a 2001 Ford F150, sustained minor personal injuries. Delva was treated and released at Palm Bay Community Hospital. The driver of the semi-tractor trailer was identified as Eduardo Avila, 38, of Miami Lakes, Florida. According to officials, Avila was not badly injured and although blood samples were taken no charges have been filed. If you would like to read more details on this tragic collision please see Deadly crash on I-95 kills Palm Bay couple and their pet dog, others sustain serious and minor personal injuries.