Two die in crash in North Key Largo


Two people from Florida's West Coast area died Monday morning in a single-vehicle crash at Card Sound Road and State Road 905 in North Key Largo, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said Lakeland resident Joshua Patchell, 29, was driving a 2005 GMC north on 905 with Brittany McLeod, 25, from Brandon riding as a passenger around 12:20 a.m.

"For unknown reasons, after traveling through a curve in the road, [he] proceeded to travel right and onto the shoulder," Trooper David Riso wrote in a report. " He then overcorrected back into the northbound lane, then found himself "back towards the same shoulder."

The GMC hit a tree line while still heading north and became airborne, then struck a tree. The auto "continued forward, overturning" and ended up on the northbound shoulder upside down.

Troopers didn't say who found the crash site and are investigating more.

The two deaths apparently are the first two auto fatalities in the Keys this year.

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