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Minivan slams 'full speed' in to stopped semi on I-4, killing one


Published:   |   Updated: November 19, 2013 at 04:20 PM

A 68-year-old Polk County woman was killed she drove her minivan in to a stopped tractor-trailer early Tuesday on Interstate 4 near the Osceola-Polk county line, deputies said.

Bonita Cerasaro, of Davenport, was pronounced dead after she was extricated from her 2011 Kia Sedona.

The crash occurred about 1:40 a.m. on westbound I-4, just east of U.S. 27, in Davenport, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses told sheriff's investigators Cerasaro was driving “full speed” without brakes applied — about 60 mph — when it rear-ended the 2000 Freightliner truck, which was towing a 53-foot trailer loaded with tires and engine parts.

The tractor-trailer, driven by David Padron, 32, of Tampa, was stopped on the highway with its hazard lights on because traffic in front of him was not moving, deputies said.

Deputies are investigating why traffic had stopped. There were no calls for service being worked by the sheriff's office prior to the crash.

The impact caused the semitrailer to move forward about 6 feet, and the Kia went under the trailer, deputies said.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Padron was not hurt.

The sheriff's office said there are no charges pending.

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