Saturday, September 21, 2013

2 Seriously Injured In Merritt Island Beachline Crash

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported that two people have sustained serious injuries following a crash this morning on State Road 528 (also known as the Beachline) in Brevard County, Florida.

Just before 4 a.m. on Saturday, 24-year-old Kyle William Grundy of Palm Bay, was driving a 2009 Honda Accord eastbound on SR 528 in the outside lane one mile east of SR 3.  Meanwhile, a box truck driven by 54-year-old Jaichand Somaiah, of Winter Garden, Florida, was also traveling east in the same lane directly in front of the Honda.

FHP troopers say that the Honda was traveling at a high rate of speed and that Grundy failed to slow the Honda in time, causing the front of the Honda to strike the rear of the box truck.  The Honda then became lodged under the truck and was dragged to a final rest by the truck.

All four of the Honda occupants were entrapped and had to be extricated by Brevard County Fire Rescue Crews.  Grundy, along with two passengers in the Honda, 21-year-old Alex Michael Souza of Palm Bay, and 22-year-old Stephen Antwoine Wright of Palm Bay, were airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.  The third passenger, 20-year-old Krystle Munoz of Merritt Island, was taken to Wuestoff Hospital.

Souza's and Grundy's injuries are listed as serious.  Munoz, and Wright sustained minor injuries.  Somaiah did not sustain any injuries from the crash.

This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.