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Head-On Wreck May Have Been Intentional

Posted on May 7, 2008

A four-vehicle wreck south of Fernandina Beach, Florida killed two and injured four others Wednesday. Police say that the wreck may have been intentional. 

Just after 1:30 a pickup truck traveling north on state Road 200 crossed the median then turned south in the northbound lanes.

It struck one car head-on, then two others before it overturned and caught on fire.

The Florida Highway Patrol says it looks like the driver had time to think about what he was doing then accelerated into oncoming traffic.

“The vehicle driving erratically, stopped in the median for a minute or two, then all of a sudden, went in the wrong lane, traveled at a high rate of speed into opposing traffic,” Leeper told Channel 4′;s Laura Mazzeo.

The driver of the first vehicle hit head-on, 68-year-old Thomas Cook, died at the scene. Four people were taken to the hospital after the wreck was strewn across the road.

The driver of the pickup that caused the wrecks burned to death in his vehicle. He has not been publicly identified.  

An autopsy will help conclude what caused the driver to turn around and drive the wrong way into oncoming traffic.

Chances are during your lifetime that you might be involved in a wreck and, as in this case, you have very little control over the circumstances. 

We often don’;t realize just how vulnerable we are on the road. Our website at Farah & Farah has frequently asked questions about automobile accidents and you might want to spend some time becoming familiar with that page. That is information you don’;t want to have to learn after the fact.