It has been a busy week here in Destin and across Northwest Florida. Unfortunately, the level of activity has seen an increase in car accidents on our busy roads which have led to serious injuries and fatalities.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reports there was a deadly accident on the south end of the Cinco Bayou Bridge Friday morning which stopped traffic for hours. As of 9 a.m., Fort Walton Beach Police Capt. William Royal confirmed the driver of the motorcycle had not survived the early morning crash. The Florida Highway Patrol remained on scene and is investigating the accident, Royal said
On Thursday, the paper reported there was a horrible accident that occurred on the Mid-Bay Bridge over the lunch hour Thursday. The crash blocked traffic the north and southbound traffic and occurred just south of the Mid-Bay Bridge. There have been no additional details surrounding the crash released. Both drivers were transported by Okaloosa County EMS, one to Twin Cities Hospital and the other to Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast. Neither driver’s status was known. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
On Wednesday, the Panama City News Herald reported a horrible accident that occurred on U.S. 231 shortly before 8:30 p.m. A Panama City woman and her children were walking south in the grass on the west shoulder of U.S. 231, when a 1993 Chevy 1500 veered off the road and struck the lady and her children. According to witnesses, the driver of the truck was drifting back and forth before exiting onto the west shoulder. Once the truck struck the pedestrians, he fled the scene, leaving them in a ditch. The mother died, and the children are in serious condition. Since then, police have arrested a local man in connection with the accident. The driver of the truck was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death. FHP reported that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Also on Wednesday, the paper reported that a 85-year-old man died following a traffic crash in Lynn Haven. The Lynn Haven male died at Bay Medical Center after his car failed to stop at an intersection on Minnesota Avenue and County Road 389/12th Street at 2:43 p.m., police reported. he cashed into a vehicle headed eastbound on 389 driven by a Southport male, police said. Both drivers were transported to Bay Medical, where the elderly male was pronounced dead. The investigation into the crash continues.
On Sunday, a 16-year-old girl from Navarre was killed in a traffic crash in Jackson County. She was driving south on U.S. 231 when she began to hydroplane on the wet roadway, causing her to travel onto the median and into the northbound lanes. Her 2006 Hyundai struck a northbound Dodge truck driven by an Alabama man. He and his passenger, Stephanie Perkins, had only minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting a traffic homicide investigation.
Here at Brannon & Brannon, our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured in these accidents and those families who lost loved ones in these accidents.