Melbourne Man Killed In Crash On Merritt Island Identified

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – A 38-year-old man did not survive the injuries he sustained in a crash that occurred around 1:22 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019, on South Courtenay Parkway (State Road 3) near the intersection of Hidden Creek Drive on Merritt Island, Florida.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Fernando Lopez Palacios of Melbourne, Florida was driving a 1998 Ford pickup truck southbound on South Courtenay Parkway.

For an unknown reason, the Ford traveled off of the roadway and overturned into a water-filled ditch.

The vehicle wasn’t located until 10:30 a.m.

FHP troopers were able to determine that the crash occurred at 1:22 a.m. after reviewing video in the area.

Palacios was transported to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office. A toxicology report is pending.

The crash remains under investigation.