1 dead, 2 hurt in north county crash; troopers ID victims

Photo contributed by Indian River County Fire Rescue

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Florida Highway Patrol troopers identified a man who died and two others who were seriously hurt after a two-vehicle crash Thursday.

Troopers and fire rescue officials said Robert Rhein, 57, of Vero Beach, went into cardiac arrest after his Toyota Corolla crashed into a Ford Expedition. Rhein was taken by ambulance to the Indian River Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

Mack Brown, 47, of Vero Beach, and Charlotte Anderson-Brown, 45, of Sebastian, who were in the Expedition, were taken by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce with traumatic injuries, according to troopers and fire rescue.

An update on the conditions of the SUV occupants was not immediately available.

The crash closed 77th Street at Old Dixie Highway in the immediate area, fire rescue spokesman Cory Richter said.

Rhein was at a stop sign in the eastbound lane on 77th Street about 4 p.m. Thursday when he pulled out in front of the Expedition, troopers said. The Expedition t-boned the Corolla on its passenger side, causing the sports utility vehicle to rollover on its roof, Richter said.

Rhein violated the right of way of the Expedition, according to troopers and Richter.

It’s unclear when 77th Street will reopen. FHP will be investigating the crash.

This story will be updated. 

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