National Guardsman dies after crash on U.S. 301

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 5:10 p.m.

A Florida Army National Guardsman died Tuesday after his Humvee rolled and crashed on U.S. 301 in Lawtey, according to Guard spokesman Sgt. Tom Kielbasa.

Arandall Ladarrion Shears, 20, of West Point, Ga., died after being flown by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol reported in a news release.

Shears was driving alone north on U.S. 301 north of Lawtey on his way to Jacksonville when the military vehicle he was driving rolled over and crashed, Kielbasa said. Shears was not part of a convoy.

FHP reported that Shears was in the left lane on 301 northbound when he tried to change lanes and lost control. The Humvee went onto the grass median and overturned. Shears, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected.

Michael Heeder of Bradford County Emergency Services said the agency’s director, Brian Johns, saw the crash happen at about 11:30 a.m. Johns stopped and saw that the man had been thrown from the Humvee and was not responsive.

“Within moments the patient stopped breathing and his heart stopped. Director Johns, along with an unidentified nurse from Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and other bystanders, began CPR,” Heeder said in an email. “This effort coupled with the rapid response by Bradford County Emergency Services restored the patient’s pulse.” But Shears died after being rushed to the hospital.

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