Last Friday, there was a tragic accident in Calhoun County which left two people dead and three people injured. The crash occurred around 2 p.m. in Blountstown. According to the FHP report, a 49-year-old female from Cleveland, Tennessee (Kidd), was traveling west on County Road 286, approaching a stop sign at the intersection of State Road 69. At the same time, a 43-year-old female from Gainesville, Georgia, was in another vehicle traveling south on State Road 69, approaching the intersection of County Road 286. Authorities say the Tennessee female failed to stop at the stop sign as she entered the intersection, and got T-boned by Smith’s vehicle. The impact of the collision caused the female from Georgia’s vehicle to travel southwest, before colliding with a fence post in the southwest corner of the intersection. It continued to travel in southwest as it overturned, before coming to final rest, facing north. The vehicle rotated clockwise as it traveled southwest, coming to final rest in a cotton field, in the southwest corner of the intersection, facing north. The Tennessee female’s vehicle left rear collided with a fence and fence post. She was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Her passenger, a 65 year-old female, of Moultrie, Georgia, was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle from Georgia was taken to the hospital in serious condition and one of her passengers was pronounced dead on the scene. The other passenger in her vehicle from of Lowndes, Georgia, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers with those families dealing with the loss of their loved ones and we wish those injured a speedy recovery.
According to Florida Statutes 316.123, at a four-way stop intersection, the driver of the first vehicle to stop at the intersection shall be the first to proceed. If two or more vehicles reach the four-way stop intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right. Also, the driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to such sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop, shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. After slowing or stopping, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver is moving across or within the intersection. If such a driver is involved in a collision with a pedestrian in a crosswalk or a vehicle in the intersection, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way.