DAVIE (CBSMiami) – A Miami Beach man was killed in a deadly wrong way wreck on the Turnpike late Sunday night.READ MORE: Tax Refund Delays Likely To Grow As Filing Deadline Nears
“Unfortunately, it’s a tragedy that could have been avoided,” said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt Scott Hull.
Just after 11:30 p.m., Tzvi Yeheskel Ference, 26, was heading north in the southbound lanes of the highway when he slammed into the right side of an 18-wheeler driven by 30-year old Yadian Palomino-Leyva who tried to swerve to avoid the crash, according to the FHP.
“We had reports of other vehicles narrowly missing the wrong way driver and again we heard the (Ference’s) lights were not activated so it made it more difficult to spot,” said Hull.
On impact, Ference’s Hyundai Accent flipped and came to rest on its roof. Ference was pronounced dead on the scene.
“Fortunately more people were not killed or seriously injured in this crash,” said FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky.READ MORE: Florida Wildlife Officials Eye Shark Encounters
Palomino-Leyva’s truck jacknifed and slammed into a guard rail. He and his passenger, 26-year old Leany Cervantes-Rodriguez, were not hurt.
There were several posts about depression on Ference’s Facebook page, according to neighbors who confirmed it was his page. Just last week, he posted about thoughts about taking his own life.
“I was so overwhelmed that I made up my mind that this was it. I was going to quit life once and for all. This time for good. I was more determined than ever in my life to commit suicide.
I started driving down 195 from Miami Beach then headed North on 95 ready and determined to get onto the Florida turnpike and drive the wrong way against traffic and crash my car head on into a truck and kill myself.”
Before reaching the Turnpike, Ference wrote that he was overcome with emotion and couldn’t go through with it.
The FHP encouraged all drivers to play it safe on the road.MORE NEWS: ‘Your Heart Shakes, Your Heart Drops’: Crisis In Israel Hitting Very Close To Home For Some In South Florida
“Drive defensively, expect the unexpected and be careful,” said Hull.