One student killed; others injured in Lake City car accident

Two pick-up trucks entered the intersection of U.S. 41 and S.W. Malone St. at the same time and collided. One 17-year-old was killed in this fatal car accident and several others were airlifted to local hospitals and Shands Hospital at the University of Florida.

Witnesses report that a black 1991 Chevy pick-up truck and a green 2001 Ford truck entered the intersection and the black truck hit the green truck, causing it to spin. The 17-year-old who died was riding in the back cab of the green truck and was ejected through a side window. An officer at the scene performed CPR on him, and brought him back to consciousness, but he died on the way to the hospital. Two other juveniles were riding in the bed of the black truck and were thrown from the vehicle.

Police feel that one of the trucks ran a red light, but are unsure at this time which one did. It is also alleged that the 17-year-old boy who died and the other most seriously injured teens weren’t wearing seat belts. It is not known at this time whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident, but blood samples were collected from both drivers and sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

If an individual is a victim of a car accident, it might be wise to allow a motor vehicle accident attorney to review the case. An attorney can review the circumstances of the accident and perhaps help the victim receive a settlement that pays current and ongoing medical bills along with compensation for pain and suffering.

Source: Lake City Reporter, “CHS student killed in crash identified”, October 01, 2013

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