Man, pregnant woman killed in Columbia crash

Published: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

Two people were killed — one of whom was pregnant — and several others injured in a Friday afternoon crash in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Dead are Jennifer Lee Anne Duncan, 20, of Lake City, and her passenger, Kenneth Patrick Pelletier, 21, of Orlando, according to an FHP press release. Duncan was six months’ pregnant and the baby did not survive, FHP said.

Hospitalized with serious injuries were Matthew Keven Schroader, 36; Charletta Bedsole, 39; and Sarah Schroader, 15. All are from Lake City.

The accident occurred about 1 p.m. on U.S. 441 at Southwest Catherine Road.

David Lee Huckaba, 29, of Lake City, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro south on U.S. 441 in a congested line of traffic, FHP reported.

Duncan, driving a 2008 Smart Passion, was turning onto U.S. 441 to travel south.

Matthew Schroader was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier northbound on U.S. 441 approaching the crest of a hill where Duncan was turning onto the road.

The FHP report states that Huckaba passed the line of traffic and was continuing southbound uphill. He saw Duncan turn onto U.S. 441 and saw Schroader heading north.

Huckaba swerved back into the southbound lane. The right front of his car struck the right rear of Duncan’s. Her car rotated counter-clockwise into the path of Schroader. His car hit Duncan’s on the right side.

Neither Duncan nor Pelletier were wearing their seatbelts and both were ejected from the car.

Matthew and Sarah Schroader, along with Bedsole, were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital. Another passenger in their car, Joshua Lee, 22, of Lake City, was taken to Shands with minor injuries.

Huckaba was not injured.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, FHP said.

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