A 27-year-old Fort Pierce man seriously injured early Wednesday morning in a wrong-way crash that killed two people on Interstate 95 near Stuart is expected to make a “full recovery,” according to his father.
Karsten Andersen sustained head lacerations, a broken leg and a punctured lung after the Ford Explorer he was driving slammed head on into a pickup truck being driven southbound on the northbound lanes by 31-year-old Troy Van Snook. The Ford Explorer landed on its side before being struck by a tractor trailer and a minivan.
Snook, a South Fork High School graduate and an ex-Marine, and Bryan Jackson, a passenger in Andersen’s SUV, were killed.
Andersen underwent surgery at Lawnwood Medical Center on Thursday on his injured leg.
“He’s pretty beat up,” said Keith Andersen, Karsten’s father. “But they removed his breathing tube on (Thursday) and they’ve moved him to a less monitored room, although he’s still in (the intensive care unit.)”
Andersen, a drummer for the Indie rock group Ghost Cat, was returning home from a show in Lake Worth when the crash took place. Jackson and Shane O’Brien, the band’s guitarists, were in the Ford Explorer with Andersen. O’Brien escaped with only minor injuries.
Authorities are investigating whether Snook, of Port St. Lucie, had been drinking or using drugs before the crash, which took place at 1:47 a.m. a couple miles north of the Bridge Road exit.