Bloody Weekend on Area Highways

Seven people died within 36 hours over the weekend in three fatal accidents.

Sunday night, a Panama City girl was one of three people killed in a two car crash in Walton County.

Seventeen-year-old Tabitha McCroan, a student at Haney Vo-Tech, was killed when a car in which she was riding ran a stop sign at Walton County Highway 1087 and Williams Road.

Two others in the car, 18-year-old Justin Pinski and 19-year-old Joshua Encardes, both of Defuniak Springs, were also killed. The teens’ car ran the stop sign and was t-boned. Both people in the second car were injured, one of them critically.

The McCroan family has set up a benefit account to help cover funeral costs. Donations can be made to the Tabitha McCroan fund at any People's First Branch. The account number is 459-759-7.

Meanwhile, another Sunday night accident happened in Okaloosa County. It killed 46-year-old Lan T. Wood of Crestview. She was a passenger in her son's pickup truck. He fell asleep and ran off State Road 85. He woke up, over corrected and rolled the truck four times.

And three people died in a fiery crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 79 between Vernon and New Hope in Washington County. It was a three vehicle crash; one of them burst into flames, trapping two people inside. They were burned to death and the medical examiner is trying to determine their identities.

Also killed was another driver, Walter Dailey, 49, of Enterprise, Al.

Troopers say the van, carrying two of those who died, was passing in a no passing zone when it hit head-on with Dailey’s car.

The van left the roadways, overturned several times and caught fire. The two people were trapped inside and burned to death.

The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into all three mishaps.


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