Lake Butler teen hit by car, critically injured

Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 7:05 p.m.

A Lake Butler teen-ager who was trying to run across State Road 121 received critical injuries during a Friday afternoon accident in Union County, stated the Florida Highway Patrol.

Injured was William H. Chase, 16. He was taken to Shands at the University of Florida, according to an FHP media release.

The accident happened at 5:30 p.m. when Chase tried to cross SR 121 at the Southwest 154th Avenue loop, reported FHP. The road was moderately congested at the time and FHP stated that Chase failed to yield to traffic when running across the road.

Chase was struck by Melissa J. Touchstone, 37, of Lake Butler. She was southbound on SR 121 and did not see Chase in time to avoid impact.

FHP reported that Chase was unresponsive and not breathing as witnesses started to give medical care. Breathing was re-established and Chase was flown to Shands, where he was later reported in stable condition, according to FHP.

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