Several hurt and critically injured in collisions over the Labor Day weekend

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Starting on Friday morning, a 48-year-old woman fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run was killed in an crash in Columbia County.  A Lake City woman was driving a Toyota Camry on NW Guerdon Street at U.S. 41 when she was involved in a hit-and-run crash, the FHP report said. She fled the scene and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 25A and NW Guerdon Street. She continued east and drove off the paved part of the road onto the grassy shoulder, lost control of the car and it flipped, hitting several trees.  The female, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. 

On Saturday afternoon an 18-year-old who had just delivered pizza and was heading south on Blanding Boulevard on Saturday afternoon was suddenly confronted by a car turning left into his path. The 18 year old was interviewed by News4Jax and stated that he had the right of way, and the other vehicle was trying to turn.  The pizza delivery man tried to swerve out of the way but was still hit and ended in in a parking lot.  The Florida Highway Patrol said Hinkle’s car left the road, went over an embankment and landed on two cars in the parking lot of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.

“When I swerved, I thought, ‘Oh, I was just going to be up in the intersection.’ I looked and I realized I was heading into the parking lot and I couldn’t do nothing about it because I couldn’t stop at all,” Hinkle said. “I was like surprised, because I was like, ‘How does this happen?'” At the time this article was published, the 18 year old nor the 86 year-old driver had not reported any injuries. 

Then on Monday morning, a  two-car crash at the intersection of Collins and Rampart roads injured both drivers, one critically.  A man eastbound on Collins in a Honda lost control of his car and veered into oncoming traffic. That car struck a Dodge heading west.  This information was provided by JSO homicide detectives.  The driver of the Honda was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the second car had less serious injuries. Their names were not released at the scene. 

On Tuesday morning, at approximately 5 a.m., a car going north in the southbound lanes of the Dames Point Bridge  crashed into a car and overturned. The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of the car was transported to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries when the car burst into flames. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department had the flames out quickly.  The driver of the pickup was also transported to the hospital but in unknown condition. 

Our thoughts go out to the families of the deceased and we hope for a speedy recovery for all those injured in these accidents.

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