Marion teen killed, driver hurt in crash with dump truck

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.

One man was killed and another was critically injured Tuesday morning when the BMW they were riding in slammed into the rear of a dump truck on Northwest 100th Street, less than a mile west of North U.S. 441 in Marion County.

A Florida Highway Patrol report states that Nikolaos C. Malidelis, 18, of Reddick, who was driving the 1987 BMW 325i at a high rate of speed, topped a hill and crashed into the rear of a 2006 Mack Granite dump truck, driven by Robert D. Pharis Jr., 41, of Ocala.

A passenger in Malidelis’ BMW, identified as Jeffrey K. James, 18, of Anthony, was pronounced dead at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Malidelis is listed in critical condition at the same hospital. Pharis received minor injuries.

The FHP report states that the truck had topped a hill and was slowing for road work being conducted by Marion County workers along Southwest 100th Street. The report stated there were numerous signs along the hilly street indicating that road work was being done ahead.

The report states the BMW topped the hill at a high rate of speed and then Malidelis braked, traveling a considerable distance before striking the truck. Charges are pending further investigation. Seat belts were in use by all involved.

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