The thoughts and prayers of the Repo Buzz family and the entire repossession community are with Jeff Fletcher and his family this evening.
Dave Branch and A J Mclaughlin
Three people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a car T-boned a truck that then overturned near a Crystal River-area intersection.
At around 11:45 a.m., Annelle Hill, 84, and her passenger, 85-year-old husband Donald Hill, both of Lecanto, were traveling westbound on West Emerald Oaks Drive in a red Toyota Camry, according to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper investigating the crash. Hill stopped for the stop sign at U.S. 19 and continued to drive into the intersection without seeing 47-year-old Jeffery Fletcher, of Weeki Wachee, who was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in a white Dodge Ram 3500 tow truck, the trooper said.
Fletcher tried to avoid a collision, but Hill’s Toyota struck the passenger side of his truck.
Following the crash, Fletcher’s truck rotated clockwise, entered the median and overturned one to two times before coming to rest upright north of the intersection. Hill’s Toyota rotated clockwise and came to rest in the intersection.
Fletcher, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered serious injuries to his upper body, left knee and shoulder, the trooper said. Nature Coast EMS transported him to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers, located just down the road from the crash, according to the trooper
Annelle and Donald Hill, who were both wearing seat belts, suffered incapacitating injuries. Their son drove them to Bayfront Health Seven Rivers.
Annelle Hill was cited with violating a stop sign, the trooper said.
Thereafter, 20-year-old Austin Berecz, of England, was traveling southbound on U.S. 19 in a green Honda Civic and ran over some crash debris, puncturing the car’s transmission. Neither Berecz nor his passenger were injured, the trooper said.
Witnesses first reported the crash caused the Toyota to catch fire, but the smoke was due to the car’s 10 airbags deploying, according to the trooper.