Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Steve McQueary said on Monday that while the state’s highway patrol was aware of a spike in crashes in April, he didn’t expect to see that many fatalities on the road.
“We are seeing that we’ve seen an increase in fatalities, but we’re not seeing that many crashes,” he said.
“But it’s certainly an indication that we need to be on top of things and be vigilant.”
McQuearys department said that the average daily toll on the Florida Highway System was $4.9 million last year, which equates to about 20 deaths.
McQuernys department is already on heightened alert for road crashes, including the April 7 fatal crash that killed five people and injured more than 80.
A man was driving his pickup truck through the intersection of I-75 and US-76 in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 7 when he hit a guardrail, the Florida Department of Transportation reported.
The driver died at the scene.
The driver was identified as 24-year-old David Alston.
The Florida Department has since released a video of the crash, which shows Alston slamming into the guardrail with his truck, then driving over a man and a woman, who were both taken to a local hospital.