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August 8, 2006

1 killed, 3 injured in Mitchell Road crash

One man was killed while three people were injured in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 3 on 76th Street (Mitchell Road) at about 7:48 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the accident involved alcohol and a high rate of speed.

Killed was Donald Stanford, 24, of Live Oak. Stanford was a passenger in a 2002 Pontiac vehicle driven by Michael C. Childress-Sikes, 18, also of Live Oak. Childress-Sikes was seriously injured, FHP said and was flown to Shands at UF.

Another passenger, Anthony Paul Stanford Jr., 26, Live Oak, received minor injuries in the crash, FHP said.

A third passenger, Samantha Cole, 13, Live Oak, was flown to Shands at UF in critical condition.

None of the four involved in the crash had on a seat belt when the crash occurred, FHP said.

FHP said the crash happened as Childress-Sikes was southbound on 76th Street at a high rate of speed. Childress-Sikes lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the roadway onto the west shoulder, overturned several times and ejected Childress-Sikes, Anthony Paul Stanford and Cole.

Donald Stanford was not ejected from the vehicle, FHP said. The FHP report said Donald Stanford died at the scene.

Donald Stanford's death is the 17th fatality from a vehicle accident in Suwannee County this year, according to FHP LT. Mike Burroughs. By Aug. 1, 2005, Suwannee County had 18 deaths from traffic accidents, he said.

Services for Donald Stanford were held Aug. 8 at Suwannee Station Baptist Church with interment in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery in Pinetta.

Stanford, who worked for the Whitestone Utility Construction Company in Georgia, is survived by his mother, Diane Stanford; his father, Tony Stanford, both of Live Oak; Two sisters, Danielle Stanford of Pinetta and Theresa Layton of Jasper; two bothers, David Stanford and Tony Stanford, both of Live Oak; his maternal grandparents, Evelyn and Allen Crews of Live Oak and Dan McCormick of Sarasota; and his paternal grandparent, Ruth Wilson of Arcadia.

Trooper Roy McLendon investigated the crash while Cpl. H.K. Weaver investigated the fatality.

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