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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  1. Maryann Laskowski Raines says

    My friend and I were caught in the traffic snarl due to this accident. I am disappointed that the Daily Sun did not report on this horrific accident. I hate to drive on I-75 due to it’s history of this type of accident. Thank you for giving space to this accident. My condolences and prayers to all involved in this accident. I was very thankful to have made it home safely.

  2. Robert Basye says

    Don has it right most of those company trucks are governed at 63 MPH or close to it ,a courteous driver being overtaken should slow a bit to allow the pass , but some drivers are just like auto drivers inconsiderate!

  3. James Radatz says

    Too many people don’t know the ‘LACK’ of instant abilities of a big rig. We don’t know the reason why the motor-home was struck by the semi
    and only the investigators will have the facts, upon completion of the investigation. For we, the four wheeler and motorcycle drivers, allow these rigs plenty of room. Never cut in front of them, then hit the brakes, as your vehicle may become part of their front bumper. Back off and allow them to cut over, when you see their directional signal flashing. They have to cut over for a reason and they will get out of your way asap. Also, remember, they may be carrying the goods, you so much desire. These guy’s/gals are not on the highway for the fun of it. Let them do their job safely.

    • Don Baldwin says

      “Back off and allow them to cut over, when you see their directional signal flashing. They have to cut over for a reason and they will get out of your way asap”

      No James…they move over to pass another truck that is going 0.0001 MPH slower than they are…so they spend the next 15 minutes SLOWLY inching past the other truck. Pissing off EVERYONE around them.

    • Robin Plummer says

      This is the reason: tractor trailer veered off the road and struck Adrenaline Mob’s RV and trailer, which had pulled of Interstate 75 to change a flat tire.

  4. Bill Williams says

    This semi driver has a heap of trouble. With the shortage of truck drivers, I think some of these newbies are just irresponsible with a big toy.

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