A wreck on Wednesday morning, Oct. 29 between a semi and a car resulted in one being transported by lifeflight to UF Health in Gainesville in serious condition after being struck by a third vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Pablo Hechevarria, 56, of Lee was driving a 1996 Freight semi truck south on US Highway 129 in Live Oak. He made a left turn onto a private driveway. The semi’s trailer was across the northbound lane. Angela Hicks, 43, of McAlpin struck the right side of the semi’s trailer. The collision caused the trailer to slide off the east shoulder of the roadway. The semi came to a final rest facing south on the east shoulder and Hicks’ car came to a final rest facing a northeasterly direction in both north and southbound lanes.
Hicks got out of her 2007 Dodge car to look at the damage of the front of the vehicle when a third vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Dakota, driven by Lucas Douglas, Jr., 65, of McAlpin was traveling north on Hwy. 129. Douglas attempted to avoid Hicks’ car by swerving to the right. The front of Douglas’s vehicle struck the right front of Hicks’ car and then Hicks. Douglas then struck a 45 m.p.h. speed limit sign off the east shoulder of Hwy. 129 and came to final rest facing north in a ditch off the east shoulder.
Hicks was transported by lifeflight to UF Health in serious condition. A passenger in her car, 16-year-old Preston Hicks was transported to Shands of Live Oak for minor injuries. Hechevarria and Douglas reported no injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol charged Hechevarria with an improper left turn.