Brooklyn, N.Y. man dies in motorhome fire on Interstate 75 in Marion County

A 38-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. man riding as a passenger in a motorhome died as the result of a fire Friday on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

David Zablidowsky died at the scene after a fire broke out at 12:15 p.m. when the motorhome was struck by a semi at Mile Marker 372, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

David Zablidowsky
David Zablidowsky

He was known as David Z, and was the bassist for both the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Adrenaline Mob. The band was on the way to a gig at the State Theater in St. Petersburg at the time of the accident.

The motorhome was driven by Jason McCole, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. who was seriously injured. Four other passengers were also seriously injured.

Also struck by the semi was a GMC Sierra driven by 27-year-old Jordan Cannata of West Babylon, N.Y. who was seriously injured. A passenger in the Sierra, 46-year-old Mike Orlando of Staten Island, N.Y., was also seriously injured.

The semi driver, 59-year-old Robert Edwin Haines of Largo, escaped without injury.

The investigation into the accident continues.

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