An Islamorada man was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Tuesday in Key Largo that came on the heels of a rollover at the same spot on U.S. 1 the night before.
James M. Hightower, 67, was killed when the 2004 Ford he was driving north left the road about 7:05 a.m. at Mile Marker 99 and struck a road sign, bushes and a building, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. It was unknown why he went off the road.
Hightower was taken to Mariners Hospital, where he died. He was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash. Troopers were investigating whether Hightower had a medical condition, said Lt. Kathy McKinney.
The crash partially closed northbound lanes for about an hour.
About 7 p.m. Monday, also at Mile Marker 99, 57-year-old Lenna Danker of Homestead reportedly hit another vehicle and fled the scene in her 2012 Nissan, a press release says.
Danker allegedly hit a 2013 Chrysler rental car driven by Ean Holdings of Tulsa, Okla. He was not injured.
Danker fled north and then flipped the Nissan three times at Mile Marker 111, but was not seriously injured, McKinney said.
She was treated at and released from Mariners Hospital before being booked into Monroe County Detention Center on Plantation Key.
She was charged with drunken driving, DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash, reckless driving and refusing to submit to a breath test.
The crash shut down U.S. 1 from 7:12 to 9:07 p.m. as traffic was diverted to Card Sound Road.