The identities of three men who died after their vehicle crashed into a canal were released this week. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the three men were traveling in a vehicle that plunged into the canal along U.S. 27 at an unknown date and time.
Hershie Lee Hobbs Jr., 34, Alton Hart Jr., 30, both of Pahokee, and Lavoris Lenard Hall, 29, of Belle Glade, were found on Sunday still trapped inside of the overturned car.
It was a keen-eyed FHP trooper who had been patrolling U.S. 27 near South Bay who first became alerted when he spotted what appeared to be fresh tire tracks and damage to a guardrail on the east side of the roadway on Sunday, May 24. Car parts were strewn about the area, as well.
The trooper called in additional units that were able to recover a 1998 Mercury sedan from the canal. Inside the car were the bodies of the three men, with little evidence to explain what may have caused the accident.
At this time, FHP homicide investigators believe the car had been traveling north on U.S. 27 when, for reasons that remain unknown, the car veered off the roadway into the center median, traveled across the northbound lanes, struck the guardrail and overturned into the canal on the east shoulder.
The discovery of the bodies was such that investigators cannot confirm who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident. The report also does not mention whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time.