Pensacola Man Dies In Escambia, Ala. Wreck; Santa Rosa Crash Claims One

March 13, 2011

A Pensacola man was killed in a single vehicle accident early Saturday morning in Escambia County, Alabama, and a Baker man died in a Santa Rosa County crash.

Donald Joseph Mandel, 28, of Pensacola, died in an accident about 3:10 a.m. on Appleton Road about seven miles north of Brewton. His 1998 Hyundai left the road at a high rate of speed, and struck a fence and tree before overturning according to Alabama State Troopers. Mandel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alabama State troopers are continuing their investigation into the accident.

About 9:45 Saturday morning on I-10 in Santa Rosa County, a single vehicle crash claimed the life of Gerald Thompson, 21, of Baker.  He was a passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Patricia E. Thompson, 65, of Baker. She was critically injured and transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

Patricia  Thompson was westbound on I-10 when she lost control and overturned twice before the Blazer came to rest on its roof. Charges are pending the result of an ongoing investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

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