Driver Dies In Crash That Cut Car In Half

6:52 AM, Feb 27, 2011   |    comments
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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- One person died in an accident when a car traveling more than 100 mph was clipped by another vehicle and broke in half.

Roberto Romero, 25, from DeLand, was driving a Ford Taurus more than 100 mph southbound on U.S. 17 in Volusia County at about 1:18 a.m. Saturday when he drove partially onto a grass shoulder and overcorrected several times, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Romero's car crossed the highway's centerline and rotated, ending up in the path of a motor coach driven by Euler Torres-Martinez, of Sunnyside, Wash., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The motor coach had three passengers inside, members of a musical group

The motor coach struck the left rear end of the Taurus, causing the Taurus to break in half behind the front seats, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The front half of the Taurus traveled across the road and came to rest on the west shoulder facing east. The back half became entangled under the motor coach, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Romero died. The motor coach's occupants weren't injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators have not yet determined whether alcohol was involved in the crash.

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