Live Oak — A Friday evening crash in Lafayette County claimed the life of a St. Cloud man and left a Branford man in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Reports show that on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:32 p.m., a 1999 Mazda pickup driven by Daniel Mark Vaughn, 48, St. Cloud, was traveling north on SR 349, north of Old River Road in Lafayette County. A 1994 Chevy pickup, driven by Wilton “Larry” Stewart, 64, Branford, was traveling south on the same road when, for unknown reasons, Vaughn's vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane.
Reports further state that Stewart, in an attempt to avoid a crash, veered to the right, but was unable to avoid a collision, striking Vaughn's vehicle on the right side with its left front. Upon impact Vaughn's pickup began traveling in a southeasterly direction and came to final rest facing north in the northbound lane of SR 349.
Stewart's truck rotated in a clockwise direction as it moved southwest and the trailer he was towing became disconnected. Stewart's vehicle came to final rest on the west shoulder of SR 349 facing northwest, and the trailer came to final rest facing southwest, just north of the pickup truck, FHP stated.
Vaughn died at the scene and Stewart was transported to Shands UF in Gainesville in critical condition, according to FHP.