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.
Headline Surfer

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.


Henry Frederick Picture

Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.