A 53-year-old DeFuniak Springs, Florida, woman died Sunday on U.S. Highway 331 in north Walton County when a man making a U-turn struck the vehicle she was a passenger in.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a 37-year-old male from Florala, Alabama, had parked his 1997 F150 on the highway’s shoulder at 12: 15 p.m. Positioned half on the pavement and half on the grass, the man proceeded to make a U-turn into the northbound lane. Not seeing an oncoming vehicle, he plowed into the side of a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by a 36-year-old DeFuniak Springs man.
The Explorer spun, rolled onto the driver’s side, and slid onto a concrete culvert before flipping upside down and colliding with a tree. The collision fatally injured the Explorer’s passenger, who was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital.
Two other passengers in the explorer—a 42-year-old male and 8-year-old boy—were treated for minor injuries at Sacred Heart Hospital and North Okaloosa Medical Center, respectively.
Neither the driver of the F150 nor his 42-year-old female passenger was injured.
Damages to the F150 total $1,500 while damages to the Explorer total $15,000.
Police say that no alcohol was involved and that charges are pending.
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