Two injured in multi-vehicle crash on U.S. 1 at Aviation Boulevard in Vero Beach

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Police are looking for a man they say took off on foot from a hospital after causing a six-vehicle crash on U.S. 1.

The crash sent a woman to a hospital and led to lane closures for nearly two hours Monday on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.

At least four vehicles were involved in a crash that sent two people to hospitals and closed northbound lanes of U.S. Highway at Aviation Boulevard for nearly two hours, Monday Jan. 10, 2022, according to police.

The man police are looking for faces arrest on charges for the crash, driving a stolen vehicle and driving with a revoked license, said Vero Beach police Master Police Officer Darrell Rivers.

A woman who was driving a 2010 Mercedes at the time of crash was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce.

Indian River County Fire Rescue Chief Tad Stone said she was in stable condition.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. after a 2020 Nissan Murano traveling south on U.S. 1 went through a red light and struck a northbound 2016 Chevy truck that was turning left onto Aviation Boulevard, Rivers said.

The Murano had been reported stolen by the man's father.

He was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital with minor facial injuries where he escaped, but Rivers said police do not consider the man a threat in the community.

Two people were in stable condition at hospitals following a crash involving at least four vehicles on U.S. Highway 1 at Aviation Boulevard in Vero Beach Monday Jan. 10, 2022, fire officials said.

After striking the Chevy, the Nissan went over a gray 2022 Honda Accord, "and catapulted on top of a Mercedes," Rivers said.

Police pictures show the rear of a heavily damaged white sport utility vehicle stopped on top of a grey sedan while its front end rested on another car; all of which were in the highway's northbound lanes.

Five other people involved in the crash refused medical treatment, Stone said.

All lanes of the highway were reopened around 11:30 a.m.

It is the third major crash on U.S. 1 in four days. On Saturday three people died in a two-car crash near Oslo Road while Friday two people were severely injured in a rollover crash on the highway at 69th Street.

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