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Fort Pierce man dead after traffic crash near fairgrounds in St. Lucie County

NewsFort Pierce man dead after traffic crash near fairgrounds in St. Lucie County

ST. LUCIE COUNTY − A 58-year-old Fort Pierce man died after a two-vehicle crash Friday on Okeechobee Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Where?: The crash happened at 5:38 a.m. at Okeechobee and Shinn Roads. The location is just east of the county fairgrounds.

What happened?: The 58-year-old man drove a sport utility vehicle south on Shinn Road approaching Okeechobee Road as a 51-year-old Miami man drove a tractor trailer west on Okeechobee Road. The 58-year-old man pulled in the intersection and failed to yield the right of way to the tractor trailer, according to the FHP. The tractor trailer driver swerved to try to avoid a collision, but the vehicles crashed.

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Who was involved in the crash?: The FHP does not release names of people involved in crashes, citing Marsy’s Law. Introduced in memory of a young woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Marsy’s Law was created to offer crime victims a slate of rights, including protecting them and their families from harassment by their attackers. Some law enforcement officials have interpreted the statute as applying to any victim, as well as to law enforcement officers being entitled to privacy and having their identity protected. 

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