A two-vehicle collision occurred on the morning of October 3 south of Walnut Hill. One child was killed and at least four others were injured in the Highway 97 crash. The collision happened a mile south of Tungoil Road at about 9:15 a.m.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a sixteen-year-old boy from Molino was traveling southbound on Highway 97 in a GMC Sierra pickup truck. The crash happened when he tried to pass other traffic in a no-passing zone. At the same time, a forty-three-year-old man from Atmore was driving a Mitsubishi Outlander and was trying to make a left turn into the driveway of a private residence.
The pickup truck crashed into the back of the SUV, injuring all four occupants. An eleven-year-old boy was flown to a Pensacola hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Escambia County EMS transported the driver in critical condition. A forty-two-year-old female passenger was flown by a second MedStar helicopter in severe condition. A nine-year-old girl was transported by Escambia County EMS in severe condition.
A sixteen-year-old passenger in the pickup truck was transported by Escambia County EMS to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The pickup driver did not have any injuries.
After the crash, the police closed Highway 97 for the entire day. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident. They are no longer releasing the names of people involved in traffic accidents.
Being injured in an accident or losing a loved one in such circumstances is terrible and devastating. The victim or the family of the deceased person has the right to file for a compensation claim.
If you were involved in a crash, you should consult with a car accident attorney.
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