Semi driver survives crash at same location as June fatality

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:47 a.m.

A semi driver escaped injury Monday morning after his truck ran into an abandoned residence. The crash happened at the intersection where another man died eight months ago.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash at 4 a.m. Monday happened less than a mile southwest of Lawtey at Northwest 216th Street and County Road 200A.

FHP Trooper Jason Barry said Michael Lovell Jr., 51, Lawtey, had been headed north on 216th Street when he failed to stop at the intersection with the county road. The front of Lovell’s 1998 Peterbilt hit a guardrail and then plunged into the abandoned home. Damage to the truck was estimated at $5,000.

Lovell was cited for careless driving.

In June 2010, another Lawtey resident, James Lewis Jamison, 39, died following a crash at the same intersection. Jamison’s passenger, Xavier Cummings, 32, of Starke, was seriously injured in the one-car crash. FHP said the accident happened when Jamison, driving a 2003 Honda Accord, failed to stop for a stop sign and ran off the road into thick underbrush, hit a tree and overturned.

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