A hit-and run driver left a critically injured motorcyclist Saturday morning on Old Middleburg Road. The accident occurred on the Westside of Jacksonville. The motorcyclist was heading North on Old Middleburg Road when the driver of an SUV attempted to make a turn from Memorial Park Road onto Old Middleburg. The SUV struck the motorcycle critically injuring the rider. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office the driver of the SUV left the scene but now the driver has been located. The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. The motorcyclist suffered a serious head injury. This was unfortunately not the only serious motorcycle accident in our area this weekend. According to the Governors Highway Traffic Association Florida ranked #1 in the number of motorcyclist fatalities. Please "Don't drive Distracted" "Look Twice Save A Life."
Sixteen year old Ruben Kelsey died in a fatal crash on Jacksonville's Arlington Rd. while the younger teens in the SUV with him were hospitalized with serious injuries around 4 a.m. on Sunday. The Honda Pilot was reported stolen from a Mandarin home prior to the crash. The driver was apparently driving at a high rate of speed when they lost control trying to navigate a turn onto Rogero Rd. The vehicle crossed the median and struck a concrete wall and a large utility pole. The impact caused serious damage to the vehicle ejecting the three teens from the SUV. Rueben Kelsey was pronounced dead at the scene the other 2 occupants were only 14 years old. The 14 year olds were reported to be in critical but stable condition. Jacksonville Sherriff's Office had some difficulty identifying the 14 year olds since they were not old enough to have a driver's license. If your teens have a phone make sure they have entered emergency health data and contact information on their phone. The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles issues Florida ID cards with photos for anyone over 5 years of age. Proof of residency and identification is required more information is available at this link. The Florida ID is also a good ID for seniors that no longer drive. http://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/id-cards.php
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.
Jacksonville was the scene of a deadly Hit-and -Run accident Sunday around 2 a.m. that claimed three young lives. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office the accident occurred on Jacksonville's Northside on Duval Station Road near North Main Street. The three young adults that were killed were traveling west on Duval street in a BMW. The BMW hit a tree after it was struck by another vehicle that fled the scene and was engulfed in flames. The driver of the BMW Kyle Cassani, was a young father of a seven month old baby. His two friends that died in the crash were planning their future together and would have been engaged soon. The young woman Allison Bushey, was a student at University of North Florida. Curtis Carlisle the young man riding with Cassani was working full time and was a student at a local welding school. Carlisle leaves behind two children. Some friends and family members of the victims visited the scene trying to cope with their loss they marked the spot with a poster honoring the victims and sharing their deep felt loss. The vehicle that caused the accident fled the scene and has been identified as silver the front driver's side would have damages according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Investigators. If you have any information about the driver or see a vehicle with damage that fits this description please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. While traffic fatalities have decreased in many major cities across the U.S. hit-and-run fatalities are on the rise nationally. Over 10% of our nation's crash fatalities involve a driver fleeing the scene. Drivers leaving the scene of a deadly accident are more likely to do so when drinking or driving on a suspended license. Hit-and- run drivers need to be held accountable when they are caught. We know that leaving a victim without medical care could make a big difference in the quality of life that victim may have in the future or even the difference between life and death.