Local Man Dies in Car Crash

A Panama City man was killed Tuesday in a Calhoun County traffic crash on State Road 20 between Blountstown and Clarksville.

The Florida Highway Patrol identified the fatality as 20-year-old David Kurt Schmidt who lived on East Callaway Drive.

Troopers say Schmidt's SUV went out of control on Highway 20, ran off the road, hit a guardrail and then down an embankment where he hit several trees.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in his SUV, 41-year-old Beatrix Harsh, 41, also of Callaway, was injured. He was life-flighted to a Panama City hospital and is in satisfactory condition.


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