Three Weekend Car Accidents Kill Two, Seriously Injure Child

By: Jennifer Elmore
By: Jennifer Elmore

The weekend started with a deadly car accident on Highway 231 at Bear Creek in Bay County. Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene around 6:00 a.m. and found the body of a 46-year-old Fountain woman 44 feet from her wrecked vehicle.

They say Judy Kay Gonzales was thrown out the front passenger door of her red Mercury SUV and died at the scene.

Officials say she was headed north on Highway 231in the outside lane when she left the roadway, vaulted off the railroad tracks, and rolled the vehicle. An autopsy could help determine the cause of the crash.

The second weekend fatality happened in Panama City Beach. Police say 32-year-old Torrey Purdey of Panama City Beach failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of North Lagoon Drive and Thomas Drive.

They say around 1:00 a.m. Sunday Purdey drove onto Signal Hill Golf Course property and hit a tree. He died at the scene.

The third serious crash has left a young child clinging to life. This one happened on Highway 231 just north of Transmitter Road at 11:04 a.m. Sunday. Panama City police say David Polese of Fountain was driving a pickup truck and Alvin Breed of Callaway was driving a Chevrolet car with a seven-year-old inside. That child was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Rain is believed to be a factor in this crash. It is still under investigation. The northbound lanes of Highway 231 were closed for several hours Sunday.


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