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Gainesville Crash Involving Deputy Injures Three Others

Posted on November 1, 2011

Two related crashes involving four vehicles left four people injured in Gainesville, including an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy Saturday night, October 29.

The first crash occurred around 11:56 p.m. on SW Williston Road when a 23-year-old Gainesville woman was ejected from a 1996 Dodge van and was taken to Shands Hospital in serious condition after the van collided with a 1997 Honda Civic. The Civic driver fled the scene and was picked up by an Escalade SUV heading in a westerly direction.

The Escalade was speeding away when it jumped the median and hit head-on the sheriff’s patrol vehicle that was heading to the initial crash. A fire erupted in the deputy’s patrol car engine, but officers who arrived at the scene put it out quickly with a fire extinguisher. The deputy was extricated from the car with the Jaws of Life.

He was scheduled for emergency surgery Sunday morning, October 30.

The two in the Escalade were found unconscious with identification from Mexico. They were hospitalized and are expected to be jailed when they are released. The 21-year-old man from Gainesville was the man later identified by witnesses and the person driving the Honda who left the scene after hitting the van. The Escalade driver was identified as a 26-year-old man, but there is no word on what happened to him or where he was from.

No doubt a blood-alcohol test was taken on the Escalade driver and the man who left the scene and the Honda crash. Fortunately, there were no fatalities to report from these multiple accidents. If you are involved in a serious car accident such as this one, the auto accident attorneys in Gainesville of Farah & Farah can help. Please call 1(800) 533-3555 for a no-cost consultation.

Source: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20111030/ARTICLES/111039991?p=2&tc=pg