1 dead in Charlotte County wreck, still under investigation

Published: January 31, 2020 8:26 PM EST
Updated: February 1, 2020 7:59 AM EST
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A Punta Gorda man has died following a Charlotte County wreck Friday night, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Arthur Henry Oliver, 63, of Punta Gorda was taken to Bayfront Hospital following the wreck where he succumbed to his injuries.

Around 6:55 p.m. on Jan. 31, Oliver was driving a 2011 Nissan Versa headed northbound on US-41 approaching the intersection of Tribune Boulevard.

The driver of a 2018 Tesla 3 was behind Oliver in the right lane.

Oliver lost control of his car and ran off the roadway to the right, then overcorrected to the left, traveled across the northbound travel lanes and entered the median. He then overcorrected to the right, causing the car to overturn several times.

The Tesla collided with debris from the Nissan. Oliver’s vehicle came to final rest on its left side facing south and blocking the left travel lane.

The Tesla was driven to a controlled stop in the right grass shoulder.

Both drivers and a passenger were wearing seatbelts. Neither the driver or passenger of the Tesla were injured.

FHP says this wreck is under investigation. According to the incident report, it is unknown if alcohol played a role in Oliver’s actions.