09/01/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Marion County, FL—A tragic motor vehicle collision (MVC) in Anthony, FL claimed four lives and left one person critically injured early Tuesday, August 31, 2010. The deadly two-car crash occurred around midnight and is currently under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), according to information provided by Ocala.com.
Arnecia Russell, the 44-year-old driver of a gray 1999 Toyota Camry involved, reportedly told FHP troopers that she was traveling northbound on Northeast Jacksonville Road while a white 2003 Dodge Intrepid was headed southbound.
Russell alleged the driver of the Dodge, identified as 26-year-old Gage J. Greijack, lost control of his vehicle, causing it to swerve sideways into the northbound lane. The right side of the Dodge then violently slammed into the front of the Camry.
The Dodge came to a rest in the grassy median after practically breaking in two. The Camry was stopped in the roadway after the crash. As of 12:16 a.m., authorities closed the road to the public.
Marion County Fire Rescue crews arrived at the scene at 12:23 a.m. The Dodge’s occupants, which included Greijack and 26-year-old passenger Leslie B. Chandler, sadly succumbed to their traumatic injuries at the scene.
Two passengers inside the Camry, identified as 70-year-old Frank Russell Sr. and 49-year-old Margaret Russell, were killed in the accident as well.
Arnecia Russell, the sole survivor of the horrific wreck, was airlifted to Shands at the University of Florida for treatment. She was reportedly listed in critical condition.
While several beer cans were seen strewn around the accident scene, it was not yet known if alcohol played a role in the fatal motor vehicle accident. However, troopers contended speed was indeed a factor in the crash.
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