Violent crash leaves 1 dead, 2 critically injured

A woman was killed and two men were critically injured in a violent crash in Okeechobee County early Tuesday morning.

The woman, identified as 60-year-old Ileana Del Carmen Torres from Hialeah, was the passenger in an SUV driven by 23-year-old Andres Torres, also from Hialeah.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Andres Torres was heading westbound on State Road 70 at about 6 a.m. when he swerved to avoid an SUV that was heading eastbound in the westbound lane, passing another car.

The driver of that SUV, Danny Walizer, 22, also swerved. The two cars collided in the north grassy shoulder, the left front of one SUV hitting the left front of the other, FHP said. The Torres’ SUV turned on its left side.

Ileana Del Carmen Torres died at the scene. Both Andres Torres and Danny Walizer were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The crash is under investigation.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff