A man in a BMW traveled north on U.S. Highway 1 at around 5:00 a.m. local time near Southwest 148th Street in Palmetto Bay. The driver collided with a Publix tractor-trailer delivery truck as it pulled onto the highway.
Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, reports Local 10. Officials say a cellphone was found near the victim’s hand, hinting at a potential case of distracted driving. In addition, a passenger in the BMW suffered from injuries and received treatment at Jackson South Community Hospital.
The driver of the Publix semi was not injured in the crash, but witnesses said the driver seemed shaken from the incident.
Local 10 says the crash is still under investigation.
The following information is provided by Distraction.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):