A man who had been drinking sparked a crash that killed a 47-year-old Lakewood Ranch man on Monday, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Three other people, including the man FHP says may have been driving drunk, were injured.
About 5:08 p.m., William Rockwell Aker was driving his 2013 Honda CR-V in the middle turn lane of westbound State Road 70, approaching the intersection with Braden Run, when the car was struck from behind by a 2016 Nissan Frontier driven by a 53-year-old Myakka City man who failed to slow down, according to a FHP news release.
The impact of the collision threw Aker’s car into the path of a 2016 Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by a 63-year-old Lakewood Ranch man heading eastbound on State Road 70, according to FHP.
Aker was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The driver of the Nissan suffered what FHP described as serious injuries; and the driver and a passenger in the pickup truck suffered minor injuries.
FHP said charges are pending as troopers continue their investigation.