A woman dies, 1 flew to the hospital in a South Florida Turnpike accident from SR 60

A woman dies, 1 flew to the hospital in a South Florida Turnpike accident from SR 60



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COUNTY MANUFACTURE – Highway patrol officers identified the woman who was killed in an early morning accident involving a tractor trailer and an SUV on Turnpike Florida.

Leah Giotto, 41, of Orlando, died in the accident. Emergency personnel Liode De Silva Giotto, 71, of Orlando, took a helicopter to Regional Medical Center & Lawnwood Heart Institute in Fort Pierce for critical injuries, said Florida Highway Patrol soldiers.

Gerson De Silva Giotto, 45, of Orlando had serious injuries and was brought to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee.

He was driving the SUV GMC 2015 which struck a 1999 tractor trailer which was powered by Carlos Acevedo, 62, of Tampa, in the back left around 6 a.m., according to transporters.

The collision occurred in the southern lanes of the road in Osceola County, south of Yeehaw Junction and the State Road 60 route, the FHP report stated.

All south lanes were closed for nearly five hours after the accident but it reopened around 11 a.m.

Investigators said that it was not known why the SUV had failed to slow and hit the tractor trailer, but the crash continued to be investigated.


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Will Greenlee, will.greenlee@tcpalm.com

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