Teen, child among those injured in I-75 crash

Published: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7:25 p.m.

A Tampa child and Lake City teenager were seriously injured while several others had minor injuries in a Friday evening crash on Interstate 75 in Columbia County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Taken to UF Health Shands Hospital were Benard Williams, 4, of Tampa, and Kaila Cheney, 17, of Lake City, FHP reported in a press release.

The accident happened at 7 p.m. near the State Road 47 exit. Traveling northbound in the outside lane were Daniel Sykes Jr., 33, of Lake City, driving a 2012 Mazda 3; and Tanglor Ballard, 44, of Tampa, driving a 1998 Nissan Maxima.

Traveling in the middle lane were Patricia Rennie, 59, of Shalimar, in a 2010 Toyota Prius, and a tractor-trailer with an unidentified driver.

Marquita Cheney, 36, of Lake City, was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota in the inside lane.

FHP said the accident occurred when Sykes hit the rear of Ballard’s car, which rotated counter-clockwise and was hit by Rennie and Cheney.

Ballard’s car rotated back into the middle lane and was hit by the semi.

Williams was a passenger of Ballard’s while Kaila Cheney was in the pickup of Marquita Cheney, who was taken to Shands with minor injuries.

Also taken to Shands with minor injuries were Ballard and two passengers.

The FHP release states that a careless driving citation was given but does not specify if it was given to Sykes.

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