Car accident claims life, injures 2 others

A serious car accident that occurred in Northwest Florida one recent morning resulted in three people, all from Cantonment, needing medical attention for injuries. Unfortunately, one of them later died. The accident involved a head-on collision between two cars in an area of Highway 297A, slightly northwest of the intersection of Pine Forest Road and Nine Mile Road at Eight Mile Creek Road.

A 2003 Toyota Tundra being driven by a 20-year old man was headed east on the highway. His vehicle was reported to have swerved into another lane, hitting an oncoming 2000 Chevrolet Malibu.

The driver of the Toyota and his 17-year-old sister, riding as a passenger in his vehicle, were both injured and taken to a nearby medical facility where the driver’s injuries were assessed by doctors as serious. His sister’s injuries were described as minor.

The 31-year-old driver of the Malibu, however, suffered injuries that ultimately proved fatal. After the crash he was trapped inside his car after it came to a halt in an upright position close to the road in a nearby ditch.

Emergency responders labored for around 45 minutes in order to free him from the vehicle. He was flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but sadly died several days later as a result of his injuries.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of the Toyota is charged with failing to maintain a single lane.

Source: NorthEscambia.com, “Three injured in serious traffic crash,” July 1, 2012