Fiery Quintette Road Wreck Claims Two Lives

June 17, 2018

A horrific two vehicle crash on Quintette Road late Saturday night claimed two lives.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 2011 Dodge Charger was westbound on Quintette Road west of Wallace Lake in Santa Rosa County about 11:35 p.m.  when the driver veered into the eastbound lane and collided with a  2018 Harley motorcycle driven by 34-year old Steven Bailey of Milton. Bailey was ejected from the motorcycle.

After the collision, the Charger caught fire and struck a tree.

Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. The name of the Charger driver has not yet been released as the FHP works to notify next of kin.

Bailey was a 2002 Northview High School graduate.

The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing their investigation and is expected to release further details. Emergency personnel from Escambia and Santa Rosa counties responded to the wreck. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


22 Responses to “Fiery Quintette Road Wreck Claims Two Lives”

  1. Frankie Delgado on June 25th, 2018 12:52 am

    Randy has this figured out, it’s because of poor drivers and distracted driving. It had nothing, or little to do with speed. Stop grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Bad drivers are the cause of 95% of accidents, not speeding.

    Thoughts and prayers all around, absolutely horrible

  2. Big red on June 18th, 2018 11:53 pm

    Bottom line. This road is to narrow. No shoulders, very limited lighting, in the middle of nowhere with animals crossing all the time an the traffic has increased tremendously on that stretch. The only solution is to brighten it up and widen it. It’s terrible when lives have to be lost for something to happen. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. Putting law enforcement sounds good, however with the shortage of officers and crime on the rise that would be wishful thinking. Speed bumps would be a better solution.

  3. Wendell on June 18th, 2018 6:01 pm

    “Police at each end and a helicopter in the middle”- No, no amount of tickets would pay for that, and nobody would use the road at that point anyway.

    I know the bridge supports are suffering from scouring, and it will have to be replaced before too long. Make the road and bridge with wider lanes; traffic at that speed doesn’t need to pass so close to each other. Jack’s Branch Rd use to be bad with wrecks until they widened it; a few extra feet of wiggle room in each lane would cut out a lot of problems.

  4. anne 1of2 on June 18th, 2018 11:38 am

    Erica is so right. Quintette Rd needs police at each end and a helicopter in the middle. The tickets would easily pay for this protection. The speed limit needs to be lowered too. It will still be a faster road because there are no traffic lights to waste time and burn fuel. This road is being included in our insurance rates going up, this has to be stopped.

  5. Craig Mcgee on June 18th, 2018 8:43 am

    I worked with Steven bailey at century c.i. from 2008 to 2013. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. I am praying for his family and may you rest in peace Steven.

  6. Suzie B. on June 18th, 2018 1:58 am

    To April and others that knew the two deceased – I am so sorry for your losses. We are having so many horrible accidents all over our area. Praying for your friends and families.

  7. Neighbors on June 17th, 2018 10:21 pm

    We are neighbors of the Baileys and to see them so broken hearted is just awful! Steven was starting a new chapter in his life and this is one of those things you just can’t understand. Keeping them in our thoughts and prayers!

  8. Erica on June 17th, 2018 8:12 pm

    My dad was close friends to Bailey. He is devastated and so is everyone who knew him. God rest his soul

  9. Cindy on June 17th, 2018 7:58 pm

    I am so heartbroken over the loss of Steven Bailey he was a great person all around amazing young man ..a fellow classmate and would do anything to help any one please keep his family in your Prayers and I’m sorry about the other persons life being lost also and prayers for them as well …Fly High Steven

  10. Willene Bryan on June 17th, 2018 5:44 pm

    Prayers for families.

  11. April Hoover on June 17th, 2018 5:42 pm

    Thank you for the prayers. It was my daughter’s car and possibly her boyfriend driving. There’s been no confirmation yet but we’re pretty sure it was him and my daughter is devastated. I am praying for her, his family and the family of the motorcyclist.

  12. TM on June 17th, 2018 5:36 pm

    Quintette Road from at least Hwy 95 to Wallace Lake is a death road. As was mentioned, this was at one time a lightly traveled road, but no longer. It’s an older road with no lighting and I stopped taking it at night since during the day I see people constantly going way over the speed limit and doing dangerous and potentially deadly passing. I don’t see much changing sadly unless there is some consistant Law Enforcement presence.

  13. Frequent Quintette Rd. Driver on June 17th, 2018 4:41 pm

    A c c i d e n t s do happen but so many can be avoided by paying more attention to the task we are performing on the hwys. Sadly there will always be collisions with fatalities. It seems Hwy 97 & Quintette in our area have the most traffic headlines for 2 lane hwys with normal speed limits. Prayers for the families involved here.

  14. erica on June 17th, 2018 4:22 pm

    We almost got hit head on when some rude woman in a van passed us and nearly hit the car coming head on, we had to slam on the brakes so she could get over and the only reason I did was to save us not her! I followed her and watched her nearly run down 2 other people all thru Milton the whole time I was hoping to see a cop but of course never did. Its useless to report people cuz the cops just say well we have to see it so whats the point!?
    FHP should sit on the that road every day cuz don’t get me wrong I drive fast but these people are doing 70+ and run u off the road!

  15. Lost loved one on June 17th, 2018 1:32 pm

    I lost my brother 8 months ago to this road. It’s poor little, and almost no lines on the road. I’m sorry for your lost, and know your pain

  16. Heartbroken on June 17th, 2018 1:19 pm

    Am asking the community to please keep these families in your prayers. It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved one so unexpectedly. Lord give these two families strength and comfort in the midst of this horrific tradegdy! Amem!

  17. anne 1of2 on June 17th, 2018 11:30 am

    I remember being given a map to Quintette Rd to have the shortcut to Molino. It was so nice and pretty and no one was on it back in 1991.. I feel bad for everyone that needs to use that road now. May God keep all of you safe. I pray for my neighbor every time he leaves home on his motorcycle, especially at night.

  18. Angi on June 17th, 2018 10:32 am

    Prayers for the families. So sad that everyone has to be in such a hurry these days…

  19. Randy on June 17th, 2018 9:54 am

    Even at 55 miles an hour ahead on collision is deadly. 55 mph is the speed limit on quintette. The problem is people not paying attention and staying in there lanes. I drive that road every day and so does my wife. We have seen so many close calls. From people not paying attention and either swerving in the other lane or passing when they don’t have the proper time to pass and almost hitting on coming traffic. It’s so sad for the families. Will keep them in our prayers.

  20. Nana on June 17th, 2018 8:51 am

    Oh my gosh! We were traveling that road at 10:15pm. I never go faster than 60mph. Scary….it makes me nervous driving it at night. Maybstart taking Hwy 90 from now on. Praying for these families. Please slow down and be responsible!

  21. Joshua Lowery on June 17th, 2018 7:21 am

    sad news, I avoid quintette these days because I’m one of the few people in this county who stay with 5 mph of the speed limit, and you basically get bullied off this road unless you’re doing 70mph+

    Sad news, but people really need to slow down. This is speculation I realize, but I used to drive that road on a daily basis so it’s not as if I’m pulling this out of no where.

  22. Tracey Ware on June 17th, 2018 2:54 am


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