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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:05AM

Rain-slicked road a factor in fatal crash

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The driver of this 2003 Jaguar died early Friday after losing control of the car on rain-slicked roads and slamming into a palm tree in the median on U.S. 27 in Lake Placid.


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A rain-slicked road was a factor in an early morning crash Friday that left a 55-year-old West Palm Beach man dead. The mishap unfolded shortly before 1 o’clock in the morning, according to Lake Placid Police Department reports.

The man, identified as Renae Blackmon, was northbound on U.S. 27 when he attempted to swerve his 2003 Jaguar to pass a slower moving truck. The vehicle went into a sideways slide before striking the raised median and overturning several times before slamming into a palm tree in that same median.

Blackmon’s car came to rest in the southbound lanes of the four-lane highway. Debris from the car and personal items were scattered for more than a block, according to LPPD Sgt. Heather Mulligan.

Blackmon was transported to Florida Hospital Lake Placid where he died about 30 minutes after arrival.

It was noted in the LPPD crash report that Blackmon was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Sgt. Mulligan said preliminary blood results indicate alcohol was likely a factor, but official results will come from an autopsy report.

Sebring woman struck, killed crossing U.S. 27

A 51-year-old woman was killed Friday night at Grand Prix Drive in Sebring when she tried to cross U.S. 27 and was hit by a car.

According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Jacqueline Faith Garten of Sebring tried to cross the roadway shortly after 11:30 p.m. but walked into the path of a 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 60-year-old John Thomas Miners of Avon Park.

The FHP report said alcohol was a factor for Miners and alcohol tests on Garten are pending. No charges had been filed at press time.