Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a pickup truck who was involved in a hit-and-run crash Sunday. According to an FHP press release, a pickup was traveling southbound on Northwest 110th Avenue, approaching the Northwest 5th Street intersection when it struck a pedestrian who was walking eastbound […]

Semi driver killed in I-75 crash

Semi driver killed in I-75 crash

A semi driver was killed early Wednesday morning when overturned his truck and trailer. The Florida Highway Patrol said the semi was traveling south on the Interstate 75 exit ramp at County Road 326 (mile marker 358) when the driver failed to negotiate the ramp curve. The semi traveled onto the left grassy shoulder, at […]

Bicyclist struck, killed on County Road 484

Bicyclist struck, killed on County Road 484

  A bicyclist was killed Saturday when he was struck by a 1999 Ford F-350 pickup truck. The bicyclist, identified as 59-year-old Dominick Gonzales, was traveling east on the paved shoulder of County Road 484. The F-350, driven by Jarvis Watkins, 40, was traveling east on County Road 484 in the outside lane approaching the […]

FedEx driver killed in freak accident after semi malfunction

FedEx driver killed in freak accident after semi malfunction

An Ocala FedEx driver was killed Wednesday in what can be described as a “Final Destination” type incident. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say 33-year-old Just Brewer was driving a flatbed semi loaded with sod northbound on the Florida Turnpike when the semi had a mechanical malfunction. According to reports, the brake drum and a tire […]

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

FHP: Street racing cause of fatal crash, second driver sought

The Florida Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a Chevy Blazer they believe was involved in an April 21 street race which claimed the life of a 44-year-old man. According to an FHP crash report, Rufus Jim Donely was traveling eastbound on County Road 316 in his 1968 Chevy Camaro at a high […]

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

Bicyclist killed on U.S. 301 near Northeast Jacksonville Road

A 63-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was killed Thursday while he was riding his bicycle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the cyclist was crossing the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 — just south of Northeast Jacksonville Road —  in a westerly direction. Troopers say a semi, driven by Patrick Lee, was […]

Two-vehicle crash claims life of Dunnellon woman

Two-vehicle crash claims life of Dunnellon woman

  A 56-year-old Dunnellon woman has died from her injuries following a two-vehicle crash Friday. The crash occurred on State Road 40 and Southwest 140th Avenue. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say, Joseph Randall Payne, 22, was driving a 1999 Nissan Altima east on State Road 40, when for unknown reasons he veered into oncoming traffic. […]

Dash cam video in chase that left three dead not released yet

Dash cam video in chase that left three dead not released yet

Dash cam video of a high-speed chase that left three dead has yet to be released. The incident occurred on July 28, 2017. The Florida Highway Patrol said that Jaquard Cuyler, 26, who was driving a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, was in the vicinity of the landfill on Baseline Road when a Marion County sheriff’s deputy […]

Two innocent people dead after high-speed chase

Two innocent people dead after high-speed chase

    Two people were killed Friday night when Marion County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a high-speed chase with a “suspicious vehicle.” The Florida Highway Patrol said that Jaquard Cuyler, 26, who was driving a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, was in the vicinity of the landfill on Baseline Road when a Marion County sheriff’s deputy said he […]

Man dies in motorcycle crash

Man dies in motorcycle crash

Marion County  — Mark Hanson, 53, was killed Monday night when he lost control of his 2008 Harley-Davidson. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Hanson was traveling westbound on State Road 40 when, for unknowns reasons, he locked up his rear brake and dumped the motorcycle on its left side. According to the crash report, Hanson’s […]

Leesburg teen dies in Marion County crash

Leesburg teen dies in Marion County crash

A Leesburg teenager who was involved in a traffic crash in Marion County, has died. 17-year-old Kurtis Colebrooks passed away at Ocala Regional Medical Center at 8:25 p.m. on July 6. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, on July 5, Colebrooks was traveling west on County Road 314 in a 2005 Dodge Neon when he […]

Woman hit, killed pedestrian, released from jail

Woman hit, killed pedestrian, released from jail

[Last updated on May 10, 2017, at 1:22 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — On May 6, a 26-year-old Crystal River woman was arrested Saturday night after she struck a pedestrian with her car and fled the scene. The Pedestrian, Chad E. Judd, 45, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he later died. The Ocala […]

Sunday crash leaves three dead, one seriously injured

Sunday crash leaves three dead, one seriously injured

The Florida Highway Patrol said they are conducting an investigation after a Sunday crash left three people dead and one seriously injured. The crash occurred on State Road 326 and Northeast 25th Avenue. Troopers say Travis Lee Johnson, 31, was driving his 2015 Ford tow truck westbound on State Road 326 when he veered off the […]

One teen dead and another critically injured in crash

One teen dead and another critically injured in crash

Marion County — One teen is dead and another was critically injured following a Sunday evening traffic crash. The accident happened at approximately 6:11 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol said Romario Fuenes-Salazar, 19, and his passenger, 18-year-old Guaruin Funes-Herrera, were traveling southbound on Northwest 115th Avenue in a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire while approaching the intersection […]

Arrest made in Marion Oaks traffic crash, killed 17-year-old girl

Arrest made in Marion Oaks traffic crash, killed 17-year-old girl

Marion Oaks — The Florida Highway Patrol made an arrest after an April 14 crash left a teenage girl dead. The accident happened on Marion Oaks Boulevard near Southwest 145th Place Road. On November 19, following a seven-month long investigation, Ethan Ruiz, 19, was arrested and charged with Vehicular Homicide. During the initial investigation, evidence suggested […]

Family, teachers, students, and staff mourn after student was killed

Family, teachers, students, and staff mourn after student was killed

[Last updated on November 14, 2016, at 5:14 p.m. In a previous version of this article, FHP had reported that Philip Catalano was also 17. FHP says they made a mistake on the report, as Catalano is actually 72.]  Marion County – A teen’s family is devastated after Nickolas L. Watke, 17, a Lake Weir High […]

441 crash claims the life of Ocala woman

441 crash claims the life of Ocala woman

  Ocala, Florida — Rochelle Gainey, 25, died Saturday after an Anthony woman pulled out in front of her. The accident happened at approximately 4 p.m. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers said that K. Peck Sells, 72, who was driving a 1998 Ford Expedition, was stopped in the driveway of the Ocala Drive-in theater, located at 4850 […]

Teen, 17, dies in crash on Saturday

Teen, 17, dies in crash on Saturday

Marion County — An Umatilla teen died Saturday when she failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of her vehicle. The crash happened at approximately 8:50 p.m. Yesenia Ventura, 17, who was driving a 2000 Saturn, was headed eastbound on County Road 42, Marion County, when she failed to negotiate a curve in the […]

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