LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- An investigation is under way into a deadly crash overnight in Lehigh Acres at Homestead Road and MLK. State Road 82 is back open to traffic after being blocked off from Nimmitts to Bell for about five hours. The early morning crash killed one driver and sent another to the hospital.
The driver who lost his life as been identified as 46-year-old Joseph A. Gulluscio Jr. of Lehigh Acres. FHP says 54-year-old John Maldonado, also of Lehigh Acres, was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he remains in critical condition.
It is unclear whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Trucks towed away what was left of a Mustang and a Hyundai Elantra from the wreck. For drivers who travel SR 82 daily, the crash didn't surprise them.
"Two or three times a week, there's a wreck on 82," said Henry Robinson. "It really should be a four-lane highway."
"We're trying to get where we're going, but it is very dangerous out here," said Francisco Rosas.
Troopers shut down the roadway for nearly five hours when the driver of the Elantra tried to turn onto Homestead Road and the Mustang hit the side of the car. It pushed the Elantra more than 100 feet, and sent the driver to Lee Memorial's trauma center in a helicopter.
Deputies say the impact of the crash ejected Gulluscio. He was pronounced dead at Lehigh Regional Hospital.
"People go over 60, and I can tell because I'm going 60 and I can't even keep up with the vehicles, and they're behind me, just pushing me and pushing me," Rosas said.
The Florida Department of Transportation said there are plans to widen SR 82 to four lanes. They're preparing design plans for this. In the meantime though, they urge drivers to obey the speed limit and laws about passing zones.