Two killed in crash, one in critical condition

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[Last updated on June 8, 2015, at 9:13 a.m.]

Ocala, Florida — A Sunday morning crash left two people dead and one in critical condition.

The accident involved a white Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by Cedric Pinkney, 18, and a brown Mercury Monterey, driven by Thelma Sharbaugh, 86. Pinkney also had a rear passenger, Johnny “J-Tee” Taylor, 17.

The crash occurred in the westbound lanes of Southeast 17th Street near the intersection of Southeast 25th Avenue.

Ocala Police said that the driver of the Marquis was traveling southeast and the driver of the Monterey was traveling northwest, at which time the Marquis entered the left turn lane, but failed to stop. For unknown reasons, the Marquis turned left into oncoming traffic, crossed opposing lanes, and slammed into the front driver’s side of the Monterey. The impact was catastrophic.

Sharbaugh and Taylor were pronounced dead at the scene.

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According to OPD, Pinkney was trapped in the car. He was extricated by Ocala Fire Rescue and transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition Sunday night.

An OPD spokesperson said that OPD’s preliminary investigation did not indicate drugs, alcohol, or speed to be a factor in the crash. However, police said the investigation is ongoing.

Information submitted to Ocala Post via e-mail, suggested that Pinkney and Taylor played football for Trinity Catholic High School. The e-mail also stated that Taylor worked for Publix, and that his Publix family would miss him dearly.

Family and friends of everyone involved in this horrific accident began posting their condolences on Ocala Post’s Facebook page almost immediately, which also included photos of Taylor and Pinkney.

Ocala Post made the decision not to contact the families for an interview during this devastating time.

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  • larry1952

    Thank you for not bothering the families during
    what has to be a horrific time in their lives. That shows respect that many news organizations just don’t have anymore.

  • Jenn Carpenter

    The respect you have shown is appreciated! May the family’s all know peace during this horrible time.

  • alltoooften

    I am glad to see the respect. And I like how OP reported “OPD’s preliminary investigation did not indicate drugs, alcohol, or speed to be a factor in the crash,” because you know that is what some were thinking. Awesome as always Ocala Post.

  • Jerry3701

    Pray for the families as they are in pain for there lost .For there children are at peace now.. OP as always your heart is for the children’s families and your readers.