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A Live Oak woman was seriously injured and faces multiple charges including marijuana possession after causing a Friday afternoon crash on US 90 East at CR 10A, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to FHP, around 3:40 p.m. Friday, a witness was stopped behind stopped traffic eastbound on US 90, waiting for clearance to travel east in the westbound lane due to ongoing construction at the Suwannee/Columbia county lines. A 2012 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Ezequiel Barcena, 39, Lee, no injuries, was stopped behind the witness. A 2007 Chevrolet 1500 pickup, driven by Shawn Brian Lee, 54, Lake City, minor injuries, was stopped behind Barcena.

A 2005 Suzuki Reno four-door, driven by Angela Maria Benjamin, 34, Live Oak, serious injuries, was traveling eastbound on US 90 approaching the stopped traffic. The Suzuki impacted the rear of the 1500 pickup. The 1500 then impacted the rear of the Silverado.

FHP reported there are two big flashing signs that say "Be prepared to stop" and "Lane closure ahead" in the area alerting traffic.

A passenger in the Suzuki, Chloe Marie Benjamin, 5, suffered minor injuries. FHP reported neither Angela Benjamin or Chloe Benjamin were wearing seat belts.

Passengers in the vehicle with Barcena were: Ismael Barcenas Ortega, 38, Live Oak, no injuries, and Ezequiel Barcena Jr., 8, Lee, minor injuries.

FHP reported Benjamin is facing charges for careless driving, no seat belt, child not restrained, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

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