2 killed, 4 injured in Columbia County crash
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Two people died and four others were injured during a high-speed, one-car crash in Columbia County early Wednesday.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the wreck happened just before 7 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 about two miles south of Interstate 10.
Troopers investigating the accident said a 2004 Pontiac sedan was speeding when it left the freeway and traveled onto the east shoulder for unknown reasons.
The Pontiac began rotating and was slightly airborne when it hit a pine tree with its left side, troopers determined.
Both the driver, Kendrick Kevin Maurice, 20, of Miramar, and front-seat passenger, Scott Thompson, 18, of Pembroke Pines, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Four other passengers were ejected upon impact, troopers said.
The most seriously injured of the group was Christopher S. Guillaume, 19, of Hollywood. Guillaume was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in critical condition.
The other three passengers were taken to Lake City Medical Center in serious condition. They were identified as: Delano Powell, 19, of Plantation; Jeremy W. Florvil, 18, of Pembroke Pines; and Emmanual Bautista, 17, whose hometown was not immediately known.
In a news release about the crash, troopers noted that no one in the car had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.