Deadly crash on SR 31 in Charlotte County spills thousands of soda cans on roadway

There was a fatality early Tuesday morning after a multiple vehicle crash on CR-74 east of SR-31.

Florida Highway Patrol said three semi-trucks were involved in the crash, which left the roadway closed for several hours.

Sthenio Syvrain was driving a 2012 Freightliner semi-truck eastbound on CR-74. He was behind Roynel Zequeira, who was driving a 1996 Freightliner semi-truck. A third vehicle, a 2002 KW semi-truck, driven by Eddy Casado, the driver who passed away was moving westbound on CR-74, approaching the two other drivers.

Syvrain, 44, drove into the westbound lane of CR-74 with intentions of passing Zequeira, despite the foggy weather conditions complicating visibility. The front of Syvrain’s vehicle struck the front of the deceased driver in the westbound lane, per the FHP press release.

The trailer of Casado’s truck burst open, as hundreds of soda cans spilled out on CR-74, leaving a bizarre scene exceeding the cleanup of food and beverages at a massive outdoor concert. The driver propelled out of the semi-truck while the vehicle jerked into the grassy ditch, coming to an uncontrolled stop.

Syvrain’s vehicle and its accompanied trailer jackknifed in the middle lane of CR-74. It came to an uncontrolled stop, according to the FHP press release, in the eastbound and westbound lanes of CR-74. Syvrain is listed as critical condition.

Zequeira, 28, drove the semi-truck into an eastbound grassy shoulder and ditch, suffering comparably slight damages to the vehicle. Until it struck several small trees and the trailer overturned, falling to its right side.

Charges are pending at this time.