Crashes plague area: Weekend wrecks happen in area, one killed
Published 5:05 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2015
An East Brewton woman was seriously injured after she and her 2-year-old daughter were ejected following an early Sunday morning crash in Brewton.
Sgt. Patrick Caylor with the Brewton Police Department said the crash occurred at 3:37 a.m. on Belleville Avenue involving a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette driven by 22-year-old Octavia Crum.
“Right now, circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation,” Caylor said, “Ms. Crum is very, very lucky.”
Caylor said when officers arrived at the accident scene to find the car fully engulfed in flames and mother and child in a yard.
“Best we could tell, both were ejected from the vehicle,” he said. “(Crum) was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital with serious injuries and the baby was treated and released.”
Caylor said it is believed that Crum ran off the road, struck a mailbox and then a light pole. The car then traveled through a resident’s yard where it struck a pine tree and then came to rest in the middle of Belleville Avenue.
“There were lots of factors involved in the accident, and we’re still trying to determine what happened,” Caylor said. “It’s too early to determine if alcohol or other illegal substances contributed to the accident.”
Former WSN student killed in Saturday crash in Molino, Fla.
By Justin Schuver
For The Standard
An Escambia Academy senior and former W.S. Neal student was killed and an Atmore man injured late Saturday night in a car crash in Molino, Fla.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported 27-year-old Darrell Antonio Hixon of Atmore sustained serious injuries when his 2004 Dodge Ram pick-up truck lost control on U.S. Hwy. 29 about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
James C. Fuqua, 19, was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Fuqua, an EA senior, attended WSN for his freshman year.
Fuqua was a member of the EA football and weightlifting teams and was an employee at Johnson Ford. Hixon is also an employee at Johnson Ford.
According to the FHP report, the Ram was traveling southbound in the inside lane of U.S. Hwy. 29 and approaching Bet Raines Road, when it changed from the outside lane to the inside lane. The truck then began to rotate in a clockwise direction when entering the grass shoulder area.
The Ram’s left side struck a tree and came to its final rest facing north on the west shoulder of U.S. Highway 29, north of Bet Raines Road.
Hixon was transported by Escambia County EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., in serious condition.
According to the FHP report, neither Hixon nor Fuqua were wearing a seat belt, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.