FHP: Mototorist in SUV killed after running off roadway and striking a tree in Lake County

Lake County crash under invesigation by FHP / Headline Surfer®SUV Toyota like tghis one driven by Roberto Zaouto, crashes into a tree in Lake County killing him / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® locator map /
Roberto J. Zapata was driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia, like one shown in the image at left, when he veered off Tuscanooga Road in Lake County and struck a tree, killing him.

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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