BY Shirley Hatch, Branford News Publisher

A two vehicle crash four miles east of Branford on March 24, left two people with what appeared to be serious injuries, and one with less serious injuries.

According to a report from Florida Highway Patrol a Dodge SUV driven by Richard P. Gooding, 66, of Cross City was east bound on U. S. 27 at the intersection of 27 and 49, ran a red light and struck a 1997 Chevrolet truck driven by John F. Hoffman, 71, of Farmington, Michigan. A passenger Lorenz Harstead, 73, was a passenger in the Hoffman vehicle. The truck was traveling north on U. S. 129.

Following the impact both vehicles traveled approximately 110 feet east of the intersection, where the Gooding vehicle came to rest facing south in the west bound lane. The truck came to rest facing east in the west bound lane.

Passengers in the truck were transported to Lake City Medical. Hoffman was later airlifted to Shands of Jacksonville.

Gooding was transported to Shands at Live Oak where he was treated and released.

According to the report Gooding is being charged with violation of a traffic control device.

Trooper J. B. Stuart with FHP was the investigating officer.

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