Florida Keys

Man, dog killed in head-on crash on Seven Mile Bridge in Florida Keys

UPDATE: The driver who died was Wedner Saint Louis, 25, from Miami. His passenger, Chetna Saini, 26, from California remained in critical condition Thursday morning at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. The Fraundorfers were in stable condition at Fishermen's Community Hospital in Marathon.

A man and a dog were killed Wednesday when the man crashed his car head-on into another vehicle while attempting to pass traffic on the Seven Mile Bridge.

Traffic in both directions was backed up for hours following the crash at mile marker 42 of U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a black Nissan Altima, likely a 2008, was heading southbound on the bridge around noon while a white 2014 Mustang driven by Christal Fraundorfer, 79, of Ohio was northbound. Her husband George, 81, was a passenger.

FHP Lt. Kathleen McKinney said witnesses told law enforcement the Nissan was passing other cars, traveling south in the northbound lane. That's when the head-on crash happened.

The Nissan driver, a 25-year-old man, and a dog in the car died. A passenger, a 26-year-old woman, was injured and flown to a Miami-Dade County trauma center. Release of their names and hometowns is pending notification of next of kin.

The Fraundorfers were taken to Fishermen's Community Hospital.

Both lanes of the bridge reopened around 3:30 p.m.

The accident marked the third road fatality in the Keys this year.

On Jan. 24, Yaima Gonzalez, 30, died in a one-vehicle crash around mile marker 92.2 in Tavernier. The FHP says she was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer south in the left lane. As she approached Julep Road, her SUV traveled across the median for some reason, rolled over and struck a utility pole.

The other death was Scott Foultz, 29, of Big Pine Key. He was killed Jan. 3 on Big Pine when someone struck him as he sat on a curb on 1st Street around 11 p.m. The driver hasn't been found.