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November 28, 2013

2 dead in car crash following sheriff's office pursuit on Thanksgiving Day

Live Oak — Two Live Oak residents were killed, one a teenager, and two others seriously injured on Thanksgiving Day after the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a Live Oak business after fleeing from local authorities, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to FHP, Lonnie Lavern Freeman, 20, and Patrelle J. Stokes, 16, both from Live Oak, were pronounced deceased on scene following the wreck.

FHP reports that the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office was called to McDonald's restaurant at I-10 and US 129 North around 12:50 a.m. on an active disturbance call. As the sheriff's office personnel arrived on scene, Freeman, who was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, fled the scene, striking another vehicle in the parking lot. FHP reports that the vehicle was actively fleeing from the SCSO south on US 129. As the Monte Carlo approached Spruce Street NW, in downtown Live Oak, Freeman attempted to make a right turn. Freeman then lost control of the vehicle and entered into a clockwise rotation. The vehicle then struck a business located at 815 Ohio Ave. with the left side.

Following the crash, Suwannee County EMS pronounced Freeman and Stokes deceased on scene.

Two other occupants, Kwon Lavelle Matthews, 23, and Shiateria Wimbash, 20, were transported to Shands Gainesville by air.

At 1:09 a.m., the FHP was requested to respond and investigate a traffic related fatality by the Live Oak Police Department (the wreck happened in LOPD's jurisdiction).

The crash is still under investigation and updates will follow as information becomes available.

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