Melbourne Man Dies On His 89th Birthday After Crashing Car Into Fire Hydrant Wednesday
By Space Coast Daily // May 10, 2017
89-year-old Melbourne man Dies At Hospital
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Authorities with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating a deadly incident that has claimed the life of an 89-year-old man Wednesday morning near Tavistock Drive and Crelford Way in Viera, according to Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol.
According to investigators, the incident occurred around 10 a.m. when an elderly man was traveling southbound on Tavistock Dr., then veered off the roadway and smashing into a fire hydrant.
When the driver exited the vehicle, the man was pulled underneath the 2016 Mercedes G300 after water from the fire hydrant poured out.
The man was transported to Viera Hospital where he later died.
“The water pressure was so strong that it sucked him in and pulled him into the hole,” said Pedro Rodriquez speaking with WESH, who witnessed the incident.
Another witness attempted to help the elderly man.
“It was pushing me out of the hole, and I weigh 220 pounds,” said Edward Cunningham, who also witnessed the crash.
The identity of the Melbourne man is being withheld until the next of kin has been notified.
Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash.
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