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Two Leesburg men among nine who escape injury in Interstate 75 melee

Nine people ranging in ages from 2 to 53 – including two Leesburg men – escaped injury Sunday afternoon in a four-car crash on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

The incident happened at 1:40 p.m. in the northbound lanes at Mile Marker 358 when a 2005 Toyota Camry driven by 21-year-old Ryan Iuzzolino, of Parkland, attempted to change lanes and failed to clear a 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by 49-year-old Paul Harmon of Gordonsville, Tenn. The left rear of Iuzzolino’s Toyota struck the right side of Harmon’s pickup, causing him to then collide with a 2009 Saturn Outlook SUV driven by 37-year-old Adam Youmans of Jacksonville Beach, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

Iuzzolino’s Toyota spun and collided with the left side of a 2007 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by 53-year-old Jonathon Chiariello, of Leesburg. Both vehicles then spun in a counterclockwise direction while traveling west across the center and inside lanes, with Chiariello’s pickup hitting the guardrail on the inside shoulder and the trailer he was towing overturning on its right side in the inside and center lanes facing west, the FHP report says.

Both Chiariello’s pickup and Youman’s SUV had been removed from the roadway when the FHP trooper arrived on scene. Neither the four drivers nor the five passengers riding in three of the vehicles were injured. Those passengers included:

  • Tyler Frost, 21, of Highland Beach, riding in Iuzzolino’s Toyota;
  • Audrey Youmans, 37; Johnathan Youmans, 2; and Rebecka Lafountaine, 15, all of Jacksonville Beach, riding in Adam Youman’s Saturn SUV; and
  • Carson Chiariello, 19, of Leesburg, riding in Jonathon Chiariello’s GMC pickup.

Iuzzolino was cited for making an improper lane change. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing the proper restraints. And alcohol was not a factor, the FHP report says.

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