GROVELAND, Fla. -- A 36-year-old Bushnell man was killed earlier this afternoon in a single-vehicle crash when his SUV struck a tree in Lake County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Here is a synopsis of what occurred according to a preliminary crash report by Cpl. L. Compton, one of the responding Florida Highway Patrol troopers: Roberto Jaime Zapata, was headed west in his 2002 Toyota Sequoia on Tuscanooga Road, a half-mile west of Painted Horse Lane when the SUV veered onto the south shoulder and struck a tree.
Zapata, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Why he left the roadway is not known at this time.
Whether alcohol was a factor in Zapata's death has yet to be determined as the crash investigation continues.
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