1 killed in wrong-way crash on US 1

By Ben Candea, Senior Web Producer, bcandea@local10.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:37:33 AM EST
Updated On: Oct 03 2013 05:59:06 PM EDT

One person is dead after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a car on U.S. 1, south of Florida City. Police say the suspected drunk driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

SOUTH MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. -

One man was killed in a wrong-way crash on U.S. 1 early Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened near mile marker 126 about 3:40 a.m.

According to FHP, the driver of a Toyota Tundra was heading northbound in the southbound lanes when she hit a Buick LeSabre head-on. The driver of the LeSabre, 45-year-old Travis Carter, was killed.

"Speed kills. Speed kills out here," said FHP spokesman Joe Sanchez. "When you're traveling in the wrong direction of traffic and you collide into a vehicle head-on, well, chances are somebody is going to lose their lives, and in this accident, someone lost their life."

The wrong-way driver, a 53-year-old woman, was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, troopers said.

Charges are pending against her. Officials believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The southbound lanes were closed for several hours while troopers investigated.

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