Florida man dies after being hit by drunk driver on I-95

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HANOVER, Va (WRIC) — A Florida tractor-trailer driver died after being hit by a suspected drunk driver on I-95 in Hanover County Saturday.

Virginia State Police responded to the crash at 3:42 a.m., on northbound I-95 near Sliding Hill Road.

Investigators determined the driver of a 1999 Jeep Cherokee — 37-year-old Richard K. Edwards of Midlothian — was traveling southbound, when he veered across the median, striking a tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes of I-95.

The tractor-trailer driver lost control, striking the guard rail and overturning. Authorities said 53-year-old Silvio Ponjuan Reyes had to be extradited from the trailer but lost his life. Reyes died at the scene from his injuries.

The tractor-trailer lost its load of boxed vegetables and had a diesel leak due to the crash. VSP said the Department of Agriculture was notified. 

Edwards was charged with driving under the influence.

The crash remains under investigation.

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