Tire breaks from car, clears fence and kills Williston man

The Williston Police Department provided this photo of a car whose front driver's side tire flew off and killed a man on Monday.

Williston Police Department
Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 3, 2014 at 3:58 p.m.

A Williston man was killed and another seriously injured Monday morning when police say a tire came off a passing car, flew over a fence at an auto body shop and hit them.

Patrick Woodard of Gainesville was driving north on U.S. 41 in a 1999 Toyota at around 9 a.m. As he approached the Absolute Auto Body shop at 104 NW 10th Ave., the left front tire broke free from his car and bounced on the west shoulder of the highway, according to the Williston Police report.

The spinning tire hit a driveway apron and went into the air. It cleared a 6-foot-tall metal fence and struck Ivan J. Sandquist, 33, of Williston, killing him instantly, according to the report.

The tire then hit James E. Fender, 45, of Williston. He was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

The initial report was that an air compressor that the two men were working on exploded.

Williston Police officers were assisted at the scene by the Levy County Sheriff's Office crime scene unit and the Florida Highway Patrol.

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