Vero Beach woman dies after crash; Indian River Boulevard to close for investigation – TCPalm


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VERO BEACH A woman died over the weekend from her injuries in a two-vehiclecrash on Indian River Boulevard Friday morning, according to police.

Dottie Durham, 72, of the 3400 block of 1st Street Southwest,was flown from the scene of the crash at Indian River Boulevard and 18th Streetto Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Durham underwent emergency surgery that afternoon and died around 12 p.m. Saturday,a Vero Beach police official said Monday.

Nearly a half mile of Indian River Boulevard will be closed for three hours Tuesdaymorning to reconstruct the crash,saidMaster Police Officer Darrell Rivers, police spokesman.

Police will closesouthbound lanes of Indian River Boulevard from 20th to 17th streets between7 a.m. and10 a.m.

"We have to map the whole scene," Rivers said.

An initial investigation showed Durham was in a gray 2017 Scion traveling northonIndian River Boulevard when she attempteda westbound turn onto 18th Streetand entered the path of a southbound silver 2012Dodge Ram, Rivers said at the scene.

The pickup driver, Michael Zabitosky, 50, of Vero Beach, was uninjured but his passenger, Hector Gonzalez, 19, of Vero Beach, was taken to a hospital with head injuries.

Rivers said Gonzales was treated and released from the hospital later that day.

A crash between two vehicles closed southbound Indian River Boulevard in Vero Beach Nov. 22, 2019. Corey Arwood, Treasure Coast Newspapers

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