Palm Bay man driving wrong way on U.S 192 dies in head-on crash


A Palm Bay man was killed early Tuesday morning after his truck hit another truck head-on and then went up in flames.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that the 69-year-old male from Palm Bay was driving a 2004 Dodge pick-up truck the wrong way, going westbound in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 192 at about 4 a.m.

Traveling eastbound on U.S. 192 in a 2017 GMC pickup truck was Joe Hernendez, 31, of Texas. The Dodge then hit the GMC head-on. The Dodge overturned and caught on fire, killing the driver. Due to the condition of the Palm Bay man, his identity will have to be confirmed through dental records, troopers said.

Hernendez and his passenger, Bruce Bosley, 38, of Louisiana, were taken to Holmes Regional hospital in serious condition.