Between 9:30 and 10:00 PM on November 24th, 2014, an automobile accident occurred in St. Augustine between a man on foot and two cars. The incident, which took place where U.S. Highway 1 and Shores Boulevard intersect, occurred when the pedestrian, who has been identified as the 19-year-old St. Augustine resident Matthew Chrest, began crossing over Shores Boulevard from the eastern side, through the intersection, and apparently did not notice the traffic bearing down upon him from the road.
The official report states that two vehicles (a 2015 Jeep sport-utility car and a 2005 Toyota pickup) were driving in the same direction towards the intersection at this time. The Jeep, driven by the 24-year-old Holly Nicole Vogel, was slightly ahead of the Toyota pickup, driven by the 22-year-old Krymsen Ivy Gaynor. The cars were in separate lanes, and it was the Jeep who first struck Chrest. Chrest proceeded to fall into the street, where he was subsequently run over by the Toyota as it followed the Jeep through the intersection.
Emergency vehicles arrived on the scene moments later, and the paramedics deemed Chrest’s injuries so critical that he was promptly airlifted to Jacksonville’s renowned Shands Medical Center. As of this time, he is still being treated for injuries that are said to be life-threatening. Even though neither Vogel nor Gaynor suffered from physical injury, both of them remained at the scene to answer law enforcement questions.
Currently, the officer’s report states that Chrest was not using the crosswalk when the incident occurred, possibly leading to the encounter itself. Furthermore, the official statement given by both Vogel and Gaynor states that their lights at the intersection were completely green, and that they had no reason to believe that there would be a pedestrian in either the crosswalk or the street itself.
As mentioned, the current condition of Chrest is as of yet unknown, although the severity of his wounds does not bode well for the outcome of any surgical or recovery procedure.
The intersection was opened not too long after the accident occurred, and there was only a small amount of traffic at the intersection at that time, so not many drivers’ routes were affected by the incident.
Contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) if you, or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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