Highway 29 Multi-Vehicle Crash Claims Life Of Good Samaritan
January 11, 2017
A pedestrian was killed following a multiple-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 29 Tuesday night.
The wreck happened just before 6 p.m. on Highway 29 near Hazzard Lane, just north of Central Commerce Park. Witnesses said that after the crash, a good Samaritan identified as 29-year old Micheal A. Bailey of Gulf Breeze stopped at the scene to render aid. Bailey was struck by another vehicle and died from his injuries a short time later at Sacred Heart Hospital.
The incident began when 71-year old Easter M. East of Cantonment was traveling northbound and slowed his 1997 Jeep Cherokee to turn onto Hazzard Lane. The Florida Highway Patrol said 17-year old Sabra Stewart of Molino failed to slow her 2005 Toyota and struck East’s Jeep. The Toyota began to rotate on Highway 29 and was hit by a 1996 Mercedes driven by 35-year old Haley McCain of Pensacola. The Mercedes continued off the highway and struck a tree. The Toyota continued to rotate northwest and struck the left side of a 1999 Buick Century driven by 26-year old Joshua Reese of Molino.
Pedestrian Michael Bailey exited his vehicle to provide assistance to the injured and was checking on Stewart when another unknown vehicle swerved southbound into the median to avoid a crash. Bailey apparently ran westbound to avoid the unknown vehicle as a 2001 Dodge Ram driven by 64-year old Joseph H. Spann of Cantonment approached. The left side of the Dodge Ram struck Bailey as Spann was taking evasive action to avoid him.
Stewart suffered minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. East was transported to West Florida Hospital in serious condition, while her passenger, 19-year old Lee East of Cantonment, suffered only minor injuries. McCain and his passenger, 38-year old Jewell A. Jernigan, were transported to Baptist Hospital with minor injuries. Reese and Spann were not injured.
Stewart was cited for careless driving for the original collision with the Jeep. Any other charges in the crashes are pending the outcome of the Florida Highway Patrol investigation.
Anyone that witnessed the crash is asked to call Cpl. Shawn Kelly at (850) 484-5000.
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