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Lake City, FL – Fatal Hit and Run Crash on I-75 near MM 418

Lake City, FL (March 11, 2024) – A fatal crash on I-75 on Sunday, March 9th resulted in a vehicular homicide charge against a Lake City resident. Sergio Diaz-Ortiz, 32, was driving recklessly on the southbound lanes near mile marker 418, just south of Lake City around 1:30 p.m. 1His erratic driving caused a collision with another truck, flipping his vehicle and crashing into a tree. Sadly, a 28-year-old passenger from Lake City in Diaz-Ortiz’s truck lost their life. Diaz-Ortiz attempted to flee but was caught hiding in nearby woods. He faces charges of vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, and a traffic violation, and is detained at the Columbia County Jail without bond. Occupants of the other truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated on-site, while Diaz-Ortiz sustained injuries.

Our condolences to the victim’s family and friends, and we wish the injured driver a speedy recovery.

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