Fiery Crash Kills Two, Intersection to Blame for at Least 5 Deaths Last Year
UPDATE: 7/23/2016, 11:09 A.M. – The victims involved in yesterday’s horrific crash have been identified as John Stevenson, 25, and Donna Adams, 24, both of Lecanto, Florida.
The driver of the garbage truck, 50-year-old Vincent Iverson of Land O’ Lakes, will not face charges.
BROOKSVILLE – Two people are confirmed dead after a collision between a garbage truck and smaller pickup truck at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Blvd and Citrus Way.
According to the owner of Deschamps Corner General Store, Donna Dilling, she and several patrons witnessed the crash that killed two occupants inside a pickup truck.
Dilling says the garbage truck was heading eastbound on Ponce de Leon when the pickup truck traveling northbound on Citrus Way attempted to cross the intersection. The collision caused the pickup to burst into flames and the garbage truck to overturn, says Dilling.
Dilling’s son, Dean Barnett, rushed to the accident scene, pulled one of the burning victims from the driver’s seat, and used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Barnett says the victim appeared to be deceased from the impact of the collision and not from the fire. It is believed that the male victim may have been in his 20’s, says Dilling. A second victim remains inside the vehicle at this time.
Dilling voiced her frustration over the intersection, stating “how many people have to die before they install a traffic light.” Last year five men died in a similar fiery crash and it is believed that they burned alive. At this time there is only a flashing red light and Dilling says drivers can’t see over the hill when trying to cross Ponce de Leon. Dilling says there are at least 5 to 10 near misses every day at that intersection.
We will bring more on this tragic story as it develops.
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