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Authorities investigating two fatal crashes in Walton County

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to two fatal traffic incidents officials say...
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to two fatal traffic incidents officials say happened within minutes of each other Tuesday night.(Walton County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 4:53 AM CDT
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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to two fatal traffic incidents Tuesday night.

Deputies say both incidents happened sometime around 7 p.m.

The first crash happened near the intersection of Highway 331 and Highway 98 when a Honda van crashed into the back of a Nissan SUV that was waiting to turn left. The driver of the Honda died at the scene. The driver and three passengers inside of the Nissan were taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.

Only a few minutes later, a second crash happened just a few miles west at Don Bishop Road and Highway 98. Deputies say the driver of an unknown vehicle struck a bicyclist and then fled the scene. The bicyclist died as a result of their injuries.

No other details have been made public at this time. Deputies say the Florida Highway Patrol is conducting a traffic homicide investigation for both incidents.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update you both on-air and online as we learn more.

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