Suwannee Democrat


May 29, 2014

One killed in early morning wreck Thursday in Suwannee County

Live Oak —

An O’Brien man was killed in a two-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning on US 129 South, just north of 99th Lane, and two miles north of McAlpin, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP reported that Terry Lynn Cruse, 61, O’Brien, died as a result of the crash. 

According to FHP investigators, a 2008 Dodge 5500 pickup truck towing an unloaded, gooseneck log trailer crossed the center line while traveling southbound on US 129 around 5:05 a.m. FHP reports the driver, Kenny Lee Wheeler, 37, Trenton, was negotiating a curve in the roadway when he crossed the line and entered into the direct northbound travel path of Cruse’s 2005 Nissan Frontier pickup truck. Both vehicles were then involved in a head-on collision. Cruse died at the scene. Wheeler received minor injuries while his passenger Thomas Erich Wilkie, 69, Trenton, received serious injuries. The two were transported to local hospitals for care.

FHP reports charges are pending the outcome of an investigation. 

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