According to WEAR Channel 3, two Milton residents were killed in a car crash recently in Santa Rosa County around 3:13 a.m. A 32-year-old female was driving a Ford Expedition east on Interstate 10 (Stare Road 8) east of mile marker 19 when the right side tires went off the pavement and onto the grass shoulder. Authorities say the driver over-corrected and drove across the eastbound lanes and overturned after crashing into a temporary concrete barrier wall. Both the driver and her 34-year-old passenger were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital and died from their injuries. According to the FHP, neither were wearing seat belts.
Northwest Florida Daily News reports that a three-car collision on the Mid-Bay Bridge on Monday night sent one driver to a local hospital. The accident happened about 9:30 p.m. when a car driven by 25-year-old male from Niceville failed to stop for slower traffic. He was driving north on the bridge when he struck a Mercedes driven by a 44-year-old male from Niceville, whose car then hit a Toyota driven by 25-year-old male from Niceville. The 25 year-old who caused the collision had minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital. The male driving the Mercedes whose vehicle was sandwiched between the two, was taken to Twin Cities Hospital with serious injuries. The 25 year-old male was charged with careless driving.
With spring break comes more car accidents. Northwest Florida Daily News reports that the countdown to spring break 2015 has begun. In just a few weeks, our quiet beaches will transform into party central as college students from around the country arrive ready to party. While everyone wants young people to have a good time, we want them to stay safe. Most young people think nothing will ever happen to them, but every year there are reports of arrests, injuries and even deaths while students are on spring break and consuming alcohol. Also, with this huge influx of young partiers and revelers, comes reckless driving and an increase in auto accidents. Sheriff's deputies in Walton and Okaloosa counties plan to greet the college students with a polite smile and a firm zero tolerance for underage drinking. "We're going to have spotters on the boardwalks," said Catherine Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Walton County Sheriff's Office. "We're going to have deputies walking within the crowds." Both agencies said they plan to continue their 2014 crackdown on everything from rowdy behavior and crowd control to littering and drunk driving. "Our message to spring breakers is we want them to enjoy the wonderful things our area has to offer, but expect them to do so in a lawful, safe, and respectful manner," said Nicole Wagner, spokeswoman for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Wagner said the OCSO won't be expanding its spring break coverage but will use a combination of beach, marine and traffic patrols to keep visitors safe.