A two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon claimed the life of one man.
According to troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol, a pickup traveling east on State Road 200 was approaching Southwest 73rd Street Road near Jasmine Plaza when a car driven by Matthew Rossi, 92, of Ocala, bolted into the path of the truck. The truck, a 1997 Chevy S10 driven by William Watkins, 27, of Ocklawaha, struck the driver’s side of the car.
Rossi, who lived in the Palm Cay community, was taken to West Marion Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, troopers said.
Watkins sustained minor injuries. Troopers said Watkins is a contractor for a cable company and was using his truck on company business.
As is standard protocol with serious crashes, blood was drawn from Watkins and will be sent for toxicology testing.