SARASOTA, FLORIDA – On Friday, December 9, 2011 Daniel Lawless was injured when a tractor-trailer driven by Jose Melendez-Rivera pulled out from the emergency lane into the pathway of Mr. Lawless. Daniel Lawless, who was also driving a tractor-trailer, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment. The collision occurred on I-75 southbound in Punta Gorda, Florida. The I-75 southbound lanes were shut down for five hours while officers cleared debris from the roadway.
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