Suwannee Democrat


May 29, 2014

Hamilton: Crash victims doing well

Jasper — Both victims of a May 14 crash involving a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) vehicle are doing well, according to HCSO. The two-vehicle crash occurred on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 14 on US 41 in Jasper, about a mile north of the center of town.

HCSO Sheriff Harrell Reid explained one of his deputies, Matthew Cribbs, was traveling north on US 41 en route to a call in Jennings when a dog darted in front of him. Cribbs swerved to avoid hitting the dog and lost control of his 2011 Ford Crown Victoria and began to rotate and then overturn numerous times. As the vehicle was overturning it landed on top of a southbound 2003 Nissan truck driven by Patricia Bishop, 72, White Springs.

Both Cribbs and Bishop were transported to Shands UF Trauma Center in Gainesville and treated for their injuries. Bishop suffered head lacerations from broken glass and was released from the hospital that night. Cribbs was also released from the hospital. He suffered a broken collarbone, along with bumps and bruises, but is doing well. He is waiting to find out if his broken collarbone will need surgery, according to HCSO.

Reid said the barrier cage in the deputy’s vehicle can be credited for sparing Cribbs more serious injuries in the crash, as it acted like a roll bar. He also said God must have been looking out for him after he spotted a New Testament Bible laying in the door panel of the mangled wreckage.

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