Bar owner from Volusia Co. killed in head-on crash

- A 71-year-old man from New Smyrna Beach was killed late Thursday night after Florida Highway Patrol says the man was traveling in the wrong lane on State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach. The other driver involved in the crash is in critical condition. 

Florida Highway Patrol identified the man killed as Ronald Luznar, the owner of Sopotnick's Cabbage Patch Bar on State Road 415 in New Smyrna Beach. 

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Luznar was traveling in a 2002 Ford SUV south on S.R. 415 at about 11:40 p.m. Thursday, and “for an unknown reason, Luznar traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes of S.R. 44."

According to the report, Luznar traveled about a quarter of a mile in the wrong direction before he was struck head on by a 2016 Ford pickup truck driven by Justin Richards, 28, also of New Smyrna Beach.

Richards is listed in critical condition and was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center, the report said.

The crash remains under investigation as this is a developing story and we will continue to update when more information becomes available. 

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