A sad day for Jacksonville after a second teen death on our roadways yesterday both teens were attended high school in the Arlington area. Derek George a 16 year old Atlantic Coast High School student suffered fatal injuries in an auto accident after his car slid off the road and struck a tree. Derek George was leaving school Thursday night after his junior varsity game when he crashed on R.G. Skinner Parkway near Baymeadows Road. Derek George was traveling North on Skinner parkway just after 8 p.m. when his Nissan left the road and hit a tree his two passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Derek George died at the scene. Teammates and friends have created a memorial at the scene leaving flowers, notes and even their own jerseys in memory of Derek George. Earlier in the day on Thursday another teen Denny Grahovic a Sandalwood student died from injuries sustained in an auto accident on Beach Blvd. In the wake of a second teen death in an auto accident in the same area of town the Duval County Public School issued a statement: "The communities of Sandalwood, Atlantic Coast High and all Duval County Public Schools are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of its two students due to auto accidents. To support the well-being of students and faculty, specially-trained school counselors and social workers will be onsite today at both high schools, and will provide continued support as needed."
Jacksonville's Beach Boulevard was the scene of a major accident yesterday that claimed the life of a teen. When a major road closes on a busy day our heart aches because we know the accident ahead was a serious one. Sadly yesterday the intersection of St Johns Bluff road and Beach Blvd was backed up due to a deadly accident. According the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office an SUV driven by a 39 year old woman ran a red light at high speeds her vehicle went over the concrete median on Beach Blvd. striking a Honda, a tanker truck and a Lexus. The driver of the SUV was hospitalized with serious injuries. The driver of the Honda Denny Grahovic was transported to the hospital where he died later in the day from injuries sustained in the accident. Denny Grahovic was only 18; his passenger a 16 year old female was also seriously injured. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating the cause of this accident speed is one factor that has been identified already.
The dangerous intersection near Nease High School will be getting reduced speed zone signs while they continue to wait for a stoplight. Parents and concerned community members first requested a stoplight in 2011 according to the Florida Department of Transportation records. Sadly, the Nease High School intersection has been the scene of six Auto Accidents in a year the most recent left two teens seriously injured. Three of the six accidents resulted in injuries. The high school is located in front of a very dangerous intersection in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. School officials, parents, students and concerned community members have requested a stoplight be installed to protect students from speeding drivers and to help them navigate busy traffic as they turn onto the highway in front of their high school. Florida Department of Transportation has agreed to place reduced speed zone school signs at the intersection until a stoplight is installed. While the date for the stoplight has been moved up several months the actual installation may not happen for a year. This is no doubt difficult for parents to understand as they worry about their young drivers. Students, parents and school administrators are voicing concern. Two petitions have been started in hopes that the installation of a stoplight will be moved up before more accidents occur at the intersection. Links are below for two of the petitions. Petition from a Nease High School student https://www.change.org/u/624965018 Petition from family and friends of Nease High School - https://www.change.org/u/624952403
St Johns County was the scene of an auto crash involving three cars and serious injuries on Interstate 95 just south of County Road 210. Five people including two children were injured in the crash all five were sent to area hospitals two had serious injuries, the injuries of the children ages 6 and 7 were reported to be only minor injuries. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Anthony Hickox the driver of a Toyota Rav 4 failed to slow down when traffic started to build up causing a rear-end collision involving two other vehicles. The Rav 4 overturned and landed in the center lane of I-95. The driver of the Rav 4 suffered serious injuries. The driver of the second vehicle a Chrysler Sebring was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle a Nissan Altima was reported to have only minor injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and charges are pending.
Yulee, Florida was the scene of a fatal auto accident Saturday around 6 p.m. on I-95 right at the Georgia Florida line. The victim was a 12 year old girl. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ruth Binkley was driving South on I-95 when she steered into the emergency lane and then abruptly steered back into traffic striking a Chevrolet Suburban causing the Suburban to flip over. The victim Grace Force, was ejected from the Suburban she was riding in. Grace Force was transported to the hospital where she died. The other passengers in the Suburban were treated for injuries which appeared to be minor. Binkley and her passenger did not appear to be injured. Florida Highway Patrol did not know what caused Binkley to swerve the investigation and cleanup kept the southbound lanes of I-95 closed for hours. Two northbound lanes of I-95 were also closed just south of St Marys Georgia. A difficult weekend for friends and family of the victim it is a solemn reminder as we approach Memorial Day weekend a time when accidents increase on our highways. Take the time to drive carefully, don't drive distracted or intoxicated. Remember life is precious and it only takes a moment to be involved in a life changing mistake. Make sure you and your children are always wearing a seat belt and that small children are in the appropriate car seat for their size and age. When you are in an accident always seek medical attention immediately if you are injured. If you need legal advice call a qualified, experienced Personal Injury Attorney. We offer a Free Consultation with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney.
A fatal multi-vehicle auto accident transpired on J Turner Butler Blvd. in Jacksonville when a driver carelessly changed lanes according to witnesses. A Toyota Tundra pick-up truck driven by Kenneth Cruz swerved to avoid the vehicle changing lanes. The Toyota pick-up left the roadway and flipped over according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Preston Edwards, 26 years old died from injuries sustained in the accident. Cruz was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. A second passenger in the truck was not injured. The lane changing driver continued on their way without stopping. If you are involved in an auto accident prompt action is required, especially when medical attention is needed.