James Orio Killed In Wrong-Way Crash That Injured Five

A young man in a Honda Civic was killed and five others injured after driving the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Weston and crashing into two trucks, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The collisions happened just east of the I-95 intersection with U.S. 27 in western Broward County.

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James Orio, 36, a college student and restaurant worker from Pembroke Pines who was driving the Honda, died at the scene.

It appears that the Honda was traveling the wrong way, said a Florida Highway Patrol Lt. β€œThe Honda was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes and the Toyota pickup truck and the Nissan Frontier were traveling northbound.”

The Florida Highway Patrol did not say where the Honda entered the highway or how it ended up driving against traffic. Orio rescued animals and a dog he recently adopted also died in the crash.

β€œHe was a South Florida boy who loves the sun, loves vacation,” said his 22-year-old brother. β€œHe was always the type to light up the room. He was very loved by everyone he met.” Orio’s distraught mother said her son β€œwas goal oriented, he loved life. He was the life of the party. So good-hearted.”

The Florida Highway Patrol Department said, the cause of the crash is still under investigation and urges anyone with relevant information to contact the FHP Department.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. β€œThis is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”

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