In an official news release, the Florida Highway Patrol reports that Diego Vega, 22, of Okeechobee, was killed early this morning in a head-on car crash on US-441 in Okeechobee.

The accident happened when Jerome Storie, 43, of Bartow, Florida, drove the wrong way on US-441, traveling southbound in the opposite direction of that highway’s traffic.

At approximately 1:00 AM, Storie’s vehicle collided head-on with the vehicle Vega was driving.

Storie was rushed by air to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. Vega was declared dead at the scene.

There is no report yet on whether alcohol was involved and it can be presumed that the accident investigation is ongoing.

We will have more information on this accident as it becomes available.

Everyone at DeBerard Injury Attorney are saddened and troubled by this terrible accident. We commiserate with the friends and family of the the people involved. In the case of a fatality caused by negligence, a wrongful death claim might be possible in which the victims’ family may be entitled to compensation.

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