A one vehicle accident turned deadly when a sixty-five year old Mississippi man was killed on Interstate 10 near Ward Basin Road when his van struck a concrete culvert, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Reports say Isaac Coleman was traveling west on Interstate 10 when he began to veer to the left, leaving the paved roadway. The 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan continued veering, heading southwest across the median.
The van drove through the median, on to the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Coleman apparently drove across two lanes of opposing traffic and continued on the shoulder until the left side of the van struck a concrete culvert, according to reports.
FHP says Coleman was not wearing a seat belt during the accident. It is unknown if alcohol was involved in the incident, but results are pending.
The accident occurred just before noon July 4. The man was transported to West Florida where he was pronounced dead. The man's name is being held until the family is notified.
This fatal accident follows a streak of motor vehicle accidents in the area.
Another crash at the same location sent two men to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses say the driver of a pickup truck traveling westbound apparently lost control of the vehicle, crossing the median and coming to rest after striking support columns of the Ward Basin Rd. overpass. No further details were available.
Ward Basin and Highway 90
Earlier this week, a two car collision during rush hour sent two to the hospital with minor injuries and caused confusion for morning commuters at the intersection of Ward Basin Road and Highway 90, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
A black 1997 Ford Explorer driven by Gaiel Eugene Noble, 66, struck a white 1999 GMC Jimmy driven by Betty Jo Fults, 46. The Explorer rammed the driver's side front panel of the white Jimmy.
The collision dazed Noble, who was not wearing a seat belt and was reported unconscious at the scene by EMS officials. The black Ford he was driving continued to roll southbound after the crash on Ward Basin Road, coming to rest in a row of hedges by the Local Yokel.
EMS officials pulled the drivers out of their vehicles, placed them on backboards and stretchers and transported them to the hospital. Charges are pending for Noble, for the accident that caused an estimated $9,000 worth of damage, according to the report.
It is unknown if the crash was alcohol-related.
Highway 90 and St. Johns Road
Later Wednesday afternoon, an unmarked Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office Ford F-150 plowed into the back of 2007 Chevy SUV that was stopped in a line of traffic heading east on Highway 90 near St. Johns Road. The collision caused the SUV to lunge forward into the back of a State of Florida van transporting eight state prisoners, according to reports.
The driver of the unmarked truck, Clifton Dykes, Jr., 35, of Milton, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to West Florida Hospital.
Three of the four people in the SUV suffered minor injuries, including a 1.5 year old child, which were all taken to Santa Rosa Medical. The driver, 47-year-old Jimmy Day sustained no injuries from the accident. They were from Elkmont, Ala.
The first two vehicles involved in the crash were deemed to be totaled, while the van transporting prisoners had an estimated $5,000 worth of damage. The driver and the eight prisoners in the van were reported to have no injuries.
Dykes was charged with Careless Driving by the Florida Highway Patrol.