FHP: Two people killed in single-vehicle crash along County Road 464C
OCKLAWAHA − Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash along a dark stretch of roadway late Tuesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Authorities said they believe the vehicle was northbound on County Road 464C when the driver failed to negotiate a right curve. The car veered off the roadway to the left.
The driver overcorrected, and the vehicle went across the roadway and then crashed into the tree line.
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The bodies were so badly burned, FHP troopers decided to wait for an identification from the Medical Examiner's Office before confirming their genders.
Troopers said the neighbors heard tires squealing tires and then a loud bang. FHP officials said when the neighbors came outside, they noticed a car in the tree line on fire.
Troopers were told the neighbors returned to their homes to get fire extinguishers to put out the flames. When they returned, they found Marion County Fire Rescue officials on scene.
At the scene
The torched car was wedged between two trees in the 9800 block of Southeast CR 464C. The area where the crash occurred in dark with no street lights. The speed limit on the two-lane roadway is 50 mph. Officials think speed was a factor in the crash.
FHP troopers said they were notified about the crash shortly after 10 p.m.
Sheriff's deputies were on hand to monitor traffic so troopers could conduct their investigation.
Less than a 100 yards away across the street sits a memorial with a cross, sunglasses, a hat and other items. The name Patricia Stone was written on the cross.
According to the Star-Banner's archive, Stone died in a two-vehicle crash at that site in October 2021. Stone was 68 and from Ocklawaha, according to an FHP news release.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they have recorded six traffic fatalities countywide since the start of the year. Last year, 99 people died in traffic crashes. That number does not include totals from the cities of Ocala, Belleview and Dunnellon.
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