Four Injured In Hwy 97 Crash Caused By Cigarette

April 1, 2012

Four people were injured in a single car crash caused by a cigarette Saturday afternoon on Highway 97 in Molino.

The accident happened about 2 p.m. near Gibson Road.

The  driver of a 2012 Chevrolet Impala, 56-year old Donald Taylor of Las Vegas, was southbound on Highway 97 approaching Gibson Road.  Taylor told troopers that he dropped his cigarette inside the car. As he leaned over to pick it up, he ran off the roadway. As the car traveled on the shoulder, it struck a tree, tearing the right front tire off the vehicle. As the car continued along the shoulder, it hit a second tree, tearing off the left front tire and ripping the driver’s door off the vehicle.

Taylor and his passengers, 68-year old Alice Taylor of Las Vegas, 50-year old Michael Braham of Atmore and 51-year old Jennie Braham of Atmore, were all transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The accident shut down Highway 97 for about 30 minutes, backing up traffic in both directions.

The Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call.

Pictured above and below: Three people were injured in this crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 97 in Molino. photos, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “Four Injured In Hwy 97 Crash Caused By Cigarette”

  1. Doug on April 2nd, 2012 3:17 pm

    Inattentive drivers with cigarettes, cellphones, coffee, fast food, screaming babies in the car, tuning the radio, scratching their butts. You can’t legislate it away.

  2. PacRim Jim on April 2nd, 2012 1:24 am

    And the cigarette was uninjured.

  3. Jane on April 1st, 2012 6:41 am

    Another reason we should be paying attention to the road and not doing other things like eating, smoking and talking on the phone.

  4. tallyho on April 1st, 2012 6:24 am

    Smoke, Smoke and Smoke yourself to death, Test , Test and Test yourself to death and others in the way.

  5. WOW on March 31st, 2012 8:17 pm



  6. Michelle on March 31st, 2012 6:44 pm

    I hope they all make a quick recovery.It is amazing they survived.

    Accidents happen to everyone. They had a hard lesson to learn and that is punishment enough.

    When I am driving and drop something, either I will leave it until I get to where I am going or if I have a passenger, I ask them to reach it for me.

    As for cell phones, I will call them back and never answer when I drive. There are to many crazies out there to watch out for. I don’t intend to be a statistic.

  7. wizcorgis on March 31st, 2012 5:51 pm

    And yet another reason why you shouldn’t smoke.

  8. mick on March 31st, 2012 5:46 pm

    Inattentive drivers with cigarettes and cellphones a deadly combination…

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