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March 2, 2014

O'Brien man receives minor injuries in crash from drunk driver

Live Oak — An O'Brien man was sent to the hospital after a rear end collision by a drunk driver Saturday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Reports show that on Saturday, March 1, at 3:20 p.m., a 1995 Jeep driven by Maria Margarita Maldonado, 46, Branford, was traveling south on SR 247 at 77th Rd. in Suwannee County with Jasmine Marie Acevedo, 5, Branford, as a passenger. A 2005 Chevy pickup driven by Tyronne Lee Hill, 55, O'Brien, was traveling south on SR 247 ahead of Maldonado and slowed to make a left turn onto a private driveway. Maldonado failed to slow, causing the front left of her vehicle to strike the rear right of the pickup truck. The Jeep came to final rest in the southbound lane facing in a southeasterly direction and the pickup came to final rest in the northbound lane facing northeast, reports state.

The crash report from FHP stated that after the traffic crash investigation was concluded, a DUI investigation began on Maldonado, the driver of the Jeep. Maldonado was charged with careless driving, DUI property damage/injury, and DUI refusal to submit to a breath test. She transported to the Suwannee County Jail. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the incident since there was a minor involved in the crash.

Maldonado and the five-year-old received no injuries. Hill suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Lake City Medical Center. Damage to the jeep was estimated at $8,000 and the pickup had $12,000 in damages, according to FHP.

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