Another motorist was killed in a wrong-way crash on I-275 early on Friday, February 21st. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chase Kaleb Leveille, age 25, was driving a red Honda Civic sedan north in the center lane of southbound I-275 close to Bearss Avenue right around 2:35 a.m.
An Enterprise rental truck was travelling southbound in the center lane of I-275 at the same time. Investigators said the two vehicles collided head-on just north of Bearss Avenue. Both of the vehicles skidded for about 500 feet before coming to rest in the inside emergency and travel lanes of the interstate.
Leveille was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. According to investigators, they had not yet determined exactly why Leveille wound up going the wrong way on the highway. The two occupants riding inside the rental truck sustained only minor injuries. All lanes of I-275 were closed until 5:30 a.m. that morning, when the northbound lanes were re-opened. The southbound lanes were re-opened at 6:30 a.m.
This incident marks the third deadly wrong-way interstate traffic crash in less than a 30-day period. Two separate wrong-way fatalities have been reported since early January this year. Authorities are still investigating each of these accidents in an attempt to determine why these drivers were going the wrong way and whether alcohol played a role in any of the fatal auto accidents. More details are expected over the next several weeks as forensic results are confirmed in each case.