Officers say adult motorist, not teenager was driving wrong way


Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Officers investigating last week's head-on collision in High Springs revised their findings and reported that the adult motorist, not a teenage driver injured in the crash, had been heading the wrong way on U.S. 441.

Both Susan Maxon, 42, and Brandy Henley, 16, remained hospitalized at Shands at the University of Florida following the Thursday morning wreck, according to police Monday.

Maxon was in serious condition, while Henley was listed in good condition, the hospital reported Monday morning.

The drivers' vehicles collided when one was headed north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 441, according to police. Officers initially thought Henley had been driving the wrong way but updated their findings late last week, reporting that Maxon was driving against the flow of traffic.

Witness statements and the position of the damaged vehicles, Henley's 2006 Suzuki and Maxon's 1987 Chevy Blazer, led to the preliminary findings, said High Springs Interim Police Chief Gordon Fulwood.

Last week, officers did not know where the two drivers had been going.

But officers had since learned that Henley had been visiting friends in High Springs and was headed back to Alachua when the crash occurred at about 12:30 a.m.

Maxon had left the Spindrifter Lounge, 1729 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., in Alachua shortly before the wreck.

Henley is from Alachua. Maxon had recently moved to the area, police had previously reported.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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