2016-09-21 / Front Page

Miller Countian injured in head-on collision in Donalsonville

Florida teenager killed in crash
by MCL staff writer

Three youth injured and one killed in crash. Three youth injured and one killed in crash. In a news release from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday, September 16, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Seminole County’s 911 center received notification from Jackson County, Florida, that they had received multiple calls of a red or burgundy vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Equinox, driving recklessly and approaching the state line.

The lookout was given to both Seminole County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Donalsonville Police officers. Deputies Craig Carr and Deputy Tom Foster headed south on Hwy. 91 toward the Florida line in an attempt to locate the vehicle. Deputy Carr observed the vehicle on the wrong side of the highway just after it crossed into Georgia.

Deputy Carr attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver continued north on Hwy. 91 toward Donalsonville. The driver continued on the left side of the highway driving at speeds up to almost 90 mph, nearly hitting oncoming traffic and forcing them off the roadway.

Deputy Foster, Deputy Jim Shingler, Deputy Will Owen, and SRO Deputy Jeffrey Lawson assisted in the attempt to stop the vehicle. They were joined by officers from the Donalsonville Police Department near Hebrew Road in an attempt to stop the driver before entering the city limits and approaching the area of the Seminole County football field where they were playing the Terrell County Greenwaves. The vehicle continued north bound, refusing to stop. Sheriff Elliott responded to Hwy. 91 south to assist and the driver almost hit him head-on.

At this time, the driver entered the city limits, still refusing to stop, and continuing to force other vehicles off the roadway. The driver continued north on Tennille Avenue crossing U.S. Hwy. 84 and the railroad tracks in the left lane, before striking a truck head on near Chason Ave.

The driver of the Chevrolet Equinox, identified as Alexis White, 18, of Marianna, FL, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the F-150, Lauren Beltran, 17, of Iron City, and two passengers in the vehicle, Luke Sheffield, 19, of Miller County, and Erin Dow, 17, of Donalsonville, were all injured in the crash.

Beltran was life-flighted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital; Sheffield was taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan where he was later transferred to a Mobile, AL hospital; and Dow was taken to Donalsonville Hospital.

Community Ambulance Service and Donalsonville Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Assistance was requested from Miller County EMS and Life-Flight for the victims in the truck.

Georgia State Patrol, Post 14 of Colquitt, was requested to investigate the accident, and at the time of this report, the crash is still being investigated.

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