Posted on May 09, 2012
A car accident in The Villages involving a single vehicle claimed the life of one and left another facing DUI and manslaughter charges. The incident took place at approximately 2:30 AM on Sunday, April 29, 2012, along Buena Vista Road in Lake County.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officials, the driver of a 1999 Saab was traveling Northbound along Buena Vista Road when he lost control of his vehicle and slid sideways into a lamp post. The driver has been identified as Charles J. Kusiak, 23, of The Villages.

Unfortunately, Mr. Kusiak’s passenger lost his life in the collision. Paramedics pronounced Robert J. Kokinakis, 22, also of The Villages, dead at the scene of the accident.

According to Cpl. D.A. De Weese, Mr. Kusiak lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a left curve. The car slid into the lamp post and then backwards into a tree after rotating counter-clockwise.

Rescue crews transported Mr. Kusiak to Leesburg Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released for minor injuries. He was then transported to the Lake County jail where he faces DUI and manslaughter charges.

The fatal Villages car accident remains under investigation by local authorities. Investigators indicate that speed may have also played a role in the crash.

This is a tragic incident, and we extend our thoughts and condolences to the victim’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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