Two men are in the hospital with serious injuries after a traffic crash in Walton County last week. An 18 year old man from Crestview was driving a Ford Focus north on State Road 285 south of State Road 8 around 6:55 a.m. He tried to pass a tractor trailer by continuing north in the southbound lanes of S.R. 285. The FHP report states this is when the Focus collided head-on with the front left of a Chevy Van driven by a 26 year old male from DeFuniak Springs. At least one patient was taken by helicopter to a hospital. The driver of the Focus is charged with improper change of lanes when passing.
The Northwest Daily News reports that in less than three months, a Panama City Beach man has been arrested for his second DUI after rear-ending a family on Scenic Highway 30A. The 27-year-old male from Panama City Beach was driving east on 30A Sunday night when he rear-ended a car in front of the Tom Thumb gas station. The car Romano hit was driven by a family of three, including a three-month old baby. A Walton County Sheriff's deputy was at the Tom Thumb at the time of the crash and was able to respond almost immediately. By the time additional deputies responded, the male was swaying back and forth and slurring his words, according to the news release from the Sheriff's Office. He told deputies he had "three very, very strong drinks," became very agitated with deputies and repeatedly asked why he couldn't leave. Subsequently, he began to insult the deputies and call them names, according to the news release. While talking to the deputies. the male asked a female deputy if she wanted to watch him dance with his "jazz hands." The deputies had him perform a field sobriety test on scene, which he failed. He was then arrested for driving under the influence. As stated above, this is this male's second DUI, the 1st one was in Panama City Beach when the Panama City Beach Police Department officers found him passed out behind the wheel of his Mercedes in the middle of Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach on July 26, 2015.
According to the Northwest Daily News, a 17-year-old Pace girl was killed in a two-vehicle crash last Saturday morning. The 17 year-old female from Pace, was driving a 2014 Honda sedan south on State Road 281 at 10:40 a.m. when she crossed the center line and struck a northbound 2008 Nissan SUV driven by a 35-year-old female according to Florida Highway Patrol. A passenger in the 17 year-old female's car, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Pace teenager and another passenger were taken to West Florida Hospital in Pensacola with minor injuries. The 35 year-old was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital with minor injuries.
The Northwest Daily News reports on another tragic car accident that occurred on Tuesday afternoon in DeFuniak Springs. According to the news source, just after 2 p.m, a SUV turned in front of a tractor trailer at a busy city intersection, causing a three-car pileup that left two people in critical condition and two more seriously injured. The truck was traveling east on U.S. Highway 90 "carrying a heavy load of feed" to a nearby poultry processing plant when the driver of the SUV turned left from U.S. Highway 331 in front of it. The collision was so significant that it sent the SUV into a third vehicle. Both vehicles ended up on the sidewalk north of the intersection, where a traffic signal ended up being damaged. Two people inside the SUV, including the driver, had to be extricated, the police department release said. A total of four occupants were transported to hospitals in Pensacola. Two, including the woman driving the SUV, required emergency surgery and were listed in critical condition on Tuesday. The other two passengers were listed in serious condition. The driver of the third car was taken from the scene by a family member to Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast Hospital and later released, according to reports. The truck driver was not hurt. As noted in the news release from the DeFuniak Springs police department, the crash is still being investigated by DeFuniak Springs Police and charges are pending.