1 dead, 3 hurt in Bradford crashes

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 9:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 9:26 p.m.

One person was killed, another critically injured and two others left in serious condition Wednesday when a semi tractor-trailer started a chain of crashes after it slammed into a car that had been stopped by a construction flagman on State Road 230 in Bradford County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The collision involving the semi started a series of crashes involving two other vehicles that also were waiting for the flagman's directions, FHP said.

At around 11:55 a.m. on SR 230 two miles east of Starke, a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by James H. Hunt Jr., 64, of Orange Park, a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Woodrow Kitler, 64, of Raiford, and a 2010 Volkswagen Passat driven by Tyler Ann Sutherland, 20, of Gainesville, all headed westbound, had been stopped by the construction flagman. Atremus J. Eady of Gainesville, driving a 2004 Mack semi, apparently failed to notice that the vehicles had stopped and slammed into the back of Hunt's Jetta.

Hunt was pronounced dead at the scene, while a passenger in his Jetta, Tony C. Tripp of Panama City, was rushed to Shands at the University of Florida in critical condition.

Kitler's Ford Ranger, which was stopped in front of the Jetta, overturned as a result of the collisions. Kitler was taken to Shands at Starke in serious condition, while Margaret Kitler, 61, a passenger in the Ranger, was also taken to Shands Starke with serious injuries. In the Passat, Sutherland's injuries were minor, FHP said.

SR 230 was closed for about four hours as a result of the crash, troopers said. Charges were pending, according to FHP.

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