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Man Killed in Multi Vehicle Accident in Florida

A man from Gainesville died in a Florida car accident and three people traveling with him were injured. The Florida auto accident took place at U.S. 27 and Northwest 115th Avenue on the afternoon of June 13, 2009. As a result, all four lanes of the busy highway were shut down temporarily.

According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, two vehicles, a 1997 Pontiac in the inside lane and a black 1999 Ford SUV in the outside lane, were traveling west on U.S. 27. The Pontiac veered off the road and into the grassy median, before it re-entered the highway. The Pontiac partially crossed the dividing line and both vehicles went to the left. At some point, the Pontiac spun out of control in the grassy median and the SUV overturned, which ejected the driver, Stuart D. Kushner, a 67-year-old Gainesville man.

Officials said that Kushner died at the scene of the accident. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Troopers said that the vehicles never struck each other.

Three of the passengers in the SUV were transported to separate hospitals. Sixty-seven-year-old Thomas Smith was flown to an Orlando hospital and 28-year-old John Smith and 58-year-old Irene Kushner were taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center. All of the accident victims are from Gainesville.