A Hollywood man died Sunday morning after he drove onto a Florida Keys shoulder, tried to correct himself and his truck flipped on U.S. 1.
The 63-year-old man, whose name wasn't released because his family had not been notified, was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger north on U.S. 1 at mile marker 24 in the Lower Keys about 11:10 a.m. when, in congested traffic, he drove onto the unpaved shoulder, over-corrected trying to get back on the road and then “began to roll over onto the southbound lane of U.S. 1 in the same direction of travel,” according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
He ended up getting tossed from the truck and his truck hit a tree, where it came to rest about 23 feet off U.S. 1. He was flown to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, where he died at 1:12 p.m.
It was the Keys' fifth traffic fatality of the year outside Key West and the sixth overall.