Florida Highway Patrol: Deltona woman, 29, killed in I-4 crash near Lake Mary rest stop

Photo for Headline Surfer / A Florida Highway Patrol trooper is shown behind a wrecked vehicle near the Lake Mary rest stop on I-4 where the driver, 29-year-old Vanessa Rivera, lost her life Wednesday.
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LAKE MARY, Fla. -- A 29-year-old Deltona motorist was killed Wednesday when she lost control of her 2001 two-door Acura on Interstate 4during which she left the roadway, clipped a traffic sign and then struck a tree causing her to be ejected from her car, a state trooper said.

The deceased driver was identified as Vanessa Rivera, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

Here is a synopsis of the fatal crash as described by Florida Highway Patrol trooper S. Montiero in an email to Headline Surfer: The driver was heading east when she failed to stay in her lane of travel, crossed over the east outside travel lane of I-4 and entered the outside grass shoulder. The front of her car collided with a "NO PARKING" sign on the shoulder.

The trooper said the car continued further until the front of it struck a tree and the driver was ejected. 

Whether Rivera was wearing her seatbelt was unclear. As to whether alcohol or speed were factors have yet to be determined as well as the crash investigation continues.


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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.