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February 16, 2012

Minor injury in two car collision Thursday afternoon

Live Oak — A Thursday afternoon two car motor vehicle accident in McAlpin sent one passenger to Shands of Live Oak with minor injuries when a Ford Taurus heading north on 129th Road was struck in the driver rear side by a Ford Explorer heading westbound on CR 252, according to Florida Highway Patrol trooper Alfred Hughes.

Witnesses told Hughes that they saw the driver of the Ford Taurus, Gayle Coppeta, 84, of McAlpin, stop at the stop sign, but then continue into the intersection.

Hughes said Coppeta did not “gauge the speed of the other vehicle correctly”. The driver of the Ford Explorer, Daniel Hudson, 65, of Perry, struck the rear driver side with the front driver’s side of the Explorer.

Hudson had the right of way, said Hughes.

Hughes said the impact was not at high speed and that Hudson was traveling the speed limit of 55. The impact was enough to deploy both air bags in the Explorer.

Hughes estimates that the damage to the Explorer was about $10,000 and the damage to the Taurus was about $8,000.

The Taurus came to rest facing westbound on the north shoulder of the road with the rear passenger side in the eastbound lane of CR 252. The Explorer came to rest in the ditch on the south side of CR 252

The passenger in the Taurus, Sally Revis, 56, was transported to Shands of Live Oak with minor injuries. The drivers and passenger in the front seat of the Taurus were wearing their seatbelts.

Coppeta was issued a traffic citation.   

The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m.

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