10-year-old critically hurt in crash near Mayo

Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 9:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 9:41 p.m.

A 10-year-old Lafayette County youth was critically injured Wednesday in a car crash west of Mayo in which frost on the windshield may have obstructed one driver’s view, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Yonathan Perez Binuelo of Mayo was listed in critical condition at Shands at the University of Florida after the 8 a.m. crash on County Road 534 about five miles west of Mayo, according to FHP.

FHP said a 2001 Saturn in which Yonathan was a passenger, being driven by Gabriel Binuelo, 28, of Mayo, was headed westbound on CR 534 when it apparently attempted to make a U-turn and drove into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by Mark Lawson, 36, of Mayo.

According to FHP, Binuelo said that excessive frost on her windshield was obstructing her view of the road ahead.

Lawson attempted to veer left to avoid a collision, FHP said, but the right front of his vehicle struck the right rear quarter panel of Binuelo’s Saturn.

Neither Lawson nor a passenger in his vehicle were injured in the accident. Also uninjured was a 7-year-old passenger in Binuelo’s Saturn.

Charges in the accident are pending, FHP said.

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