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FHP: Medical episode causes fatal crash on Interstate 75

Posted: 1:51 PM, Jan 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-29 18:56:56Z

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Troopers say a Punta Gorda man died Monday after a medical episode caused him to crash his truck on Interstate 75.

70-year-old Steven Pavliak of Punta Gorda was pronounced dead at Gulf Coast Medical Center.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Pavliak was driving south just past the Luckett Road exit (#139) around 8:30 a.m. Monday when he suffered the medical episode.

His truck veered right and bumped another car before entering the median, where it hit the guard rail three times before coming to a stop in a grassy area.

The driver of the other car was uninjured.