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January 21, 2014

Branford teen dies in Columbia County wreck

Live Oak — A Branford man was killed early Tuesday morning while driving a motorcycle after he failed to see a vehicle turning left while passing several cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to a FHP report, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at approximately 10:22 a.m., Jake Hansen, 19, of Branford, was driving a 2000 Suzi 750 and was traveling northbound on State Road 47. Rafael Comesana, 51, of Fort White, was driving a 2006 Jeep Wrangler and was traveling northbound on State Road 47, several vehicles ahead of Hansen. Hansen began to pass the other vehicles as Comesana was turning left onto SW Sunview Street. Hansen struck Comesana’s vehicle on its left side with its front on Sunview Street.

The Suzi came to a final rest on the north shoulder of SW Sunview Street.

Hansen was ejected into a wire fence on the north side of SW Sunview Street. The Wrangler came to a final rest on the north shoulder of Sunview, facing north.

Hansen was pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries sustained.

Comesana and his passenger, Maria Comesana, 41, also of Fort White, did not sustain injuries.

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