Escambia Man Killed In Collision With Truck At Highway 29, Highway 97 In Molino

November 16, 2020

An Escambia County man was killed in a two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on northbound Highway 29 at the Highway 97 intersection in Molino.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 44-year Pensacola man “failed to maintain awareness of stopped vehicle traffic directly in front of his vehicle”. He drove his Chevrolet Impala directly into the rear of a truck  that was hauling a large commercial roll off  dumpster.

The driver of the Impala was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The 59-year old driver of the commercial vehicle and his 76-year old passenger were not injured. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


31 Responses to “Escambia Man Killed In Collision With Truck At Highway 29, Highway 97 In Molino”

  1. Elaine Dees on January 25th, 2021 5:55 am

    I remember the many truck rides you took me on. Me driving all the way from Evergreen Al just to hang with you! I tried to get you to come up here. Now I wish you had. We got into an argument and I was wondering why I didn’t hear from you! This saddens me so much. Rest In Peace Madison!

  2. Cynita on January 4th, 2021 5:25 pm

    Lord I’m at a loss for words he was such a sweet person I met him 2013 he was such a loving person, last time I spoke to him was in November 2013, he was a good friend to me he would always give me little pep talks about life, he would always text me or call on holidays to wish me and my family well , last time I talked to him was in October, I texted him for Christmas and New Years and didn’t get a response back I got sick to my stomach I felt something was wrong I would have never expected this not in a million years

  3. Candice Davis on December 22nd, 2020 11:42 am

    Vincent my dear friend i am lost of words i miss and love you dearly. Lord cover your family especially your kids. Rest on my friend i am really going to miss you, our laughs,long talks, late nights,lord a whole month have passed i knew it had to be something. I will always think of you, and i will visit soon to show my sympathy.

  4. Tommie Frye on November 20th, 2020 1:14 am

    Praying for the family members we attended the same church together.Praying for his mom and for God to comfort her for her loss

  5. Carl on November 19th, 2020 4:30 pm

    Condolences to his family. So sorry for your loss.

  6. Debra on November 19th, 2020 3:08 pm

    I’m very heartbroken over this. I will truly miss our on going cracks on each other over the past few years. I nicknamed him “Sweet-N-Low” (SNL Trucking) and he called me Ma or (Patty) Cake. He was a real jokester. Very down to earth person and I was looking forward to seeing his face again soon here in Quincy. I hated that I had to delete his number from my phone, but I will never forget him. Too his family, May God Bless each of you, and Vince, Buddy, R.I.P. till we see each other again.
    Debra Weston

  7. Jeff Gainey on November 18th, 2020 7:25 pm

    Life is precious. Love your family and neighbors. Our time is short here brothers and sisters. Be kind to one another, help your fellow Americans. God bless

  8. Jerome on November 18th, 2020 6:31 pm

    Wow.I’m so sorry to hear this…Vincent was a friend of mine…to his family guys have my condolences and may god bless you in this time of bereavement…I’m still in shock…

  9. Marvin on November 18th, 2020 1:02 am

    My sincere condolences to the Madison Family and friends. Sad event , you are in my prayers. Kim hang in there, and I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. DeeDee on November 17th, 2020 9:38 am

    Vince, we were just on the phone talking with each other on Saturday and you was supposed to be coming to Quincy to see us. You had been saying you haven’t seen my mom and daughter in a long time. I am definitely going to miss my early morning phone calls with you as you ride out in your truck at work. You was just fussing at me for calling you MADISON and asking why do I call you that. I had to tell him the Military had me that way and I would start calling him VINCE. It has been a pleasure to know and meet the family that I have met. Jamie, please tell Ma (Mrs. Beverly and Mr. Larry) as well as the rest of the family I am sorry for your lost. VINCE, YOU WILL BE MISSED AND I LOVE YOU FRIEND!!!!!

  11. Eric on November 17th, 2020 8:45 am

    My sincere condolences to the family of this man. There are many contributing factors that may have caused this horrific tragedy. I’m not here to judge. Here’s my question: How many other 55mph zones do you know of that don’t reduce speed before a traffic light on a State Highway? Ever since the traffic light was installed to help with the terrible accidents at this intersection, it seems the numbers have relatively remained the same.

  12. Dennis Harris on November 17th, 2020 4:54 am

    If you don’t have anything Comforting to say to my family, don’t say it at all. So quick to pass judgment!

    Ephesians 4:29-30
    29 When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you. 30 And don’t make the Holy Spirit sad. God gave you his Spirit as proof that you belong to him and that he will keep you safe until the day he makes you free.

    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.
    Leo Buscaglia
    Rest easy nephew!

  13. Tashia on November 16th, 2020 9:20 pm

    I was just in shocked to get this call this morning. We just spoke 2 days ago. Vince you will be missed and I didn’t make it home it time to hang out like we planned. Your kids and family are in my prayers. This is a hard one for me and I’m still in shock

  14. Someone on November 16th, 2020 8:57 pm

    I’ve been praying for the family of this gentleman. I’m also praying for the driver and passenger that was hit. Unfortunately these men will replay this tragic accident everyday of their lives… being the first people to see the driver in that condition could not have been easy. It is hard losing someone in such an unexpected and sudden way. I cannot imagine the pain this family is feeling. Or the nightmares these men are having.

    Everyone should be more cautious on the road. Put down the phones and obey traffic laws. When we make poor decisions it can affect more than just you. Please resolve to be a better drivers and set an example.

    Also everyone, allow the HWP to do their investigation. It is possible the driver had mechanical issues that would not let him stop or a medical condition that contributed to his state of unawareness. We do not know. However this is a good reminder that life is short. Lets love while we can and honor the Lord with our thoughts and actions.

  15. Neshay on November 16th, 2020 7:35 pm

    My heart goes out to the family for this tragic lost..He also passed my kids and I yesterday speeding looking as if he was kinda bobbing his head to music and was kinda goin off the road, but at the end of the day we are all human and no one deserved to leave here like he did…No one is perfect and honestly im guilty of also speeding on that hwy..Its only a lesson learned and My prayers will always be with his family as I can only imagine how they are feeling during this time..Remember time heals all wounds but we never forget our love ones..As I seen he was a nice looking Guy Rest easy

  16. alex on November 16th, 2020 5:36 pm

    @Jamie Gordon

    So sorry for your loss. I cant imagine what its like to lose someone so close so tragically. My prayers are with you and your family. Moments before the wreck he passed me coming north and just when it drops to 55mph but he kept running 70. Speed was a factor for sure and he was also on his phone. Im so sorry this happened

  17. Charlotte Rebecca Bates on November 16th, 2020 5:23 pm

    This breaks my heart for the family and friends. Praying for you. Terrible accident and I am so sorry you lost someone you love dearly. People are quick to make a judgement call on “what” happened. Their comments should be banned, because when you loose someone, mean comments is totally uncalled for. You can’t say something to help the family and friends then keep your mouth shut.

  18. Kathy on November 16th, 2020 4:40 pm

    Prayers for his family and friends.

  19. Jamie Gordon on November 16th, 2020 3:50 pm

    This was my ONLY brother!!! No one knows what happened but GOD. My brother, was a great dependable & loving man SO please have some empathy & RESPECT for us. Regardless of what you may feel happened. He’s GONE from us now & I can’t have him back

  20. Sonji Brown on November 16th, 2020 3:40 pm

    I hope you people realize family members are on here!!!! That was my Only nephew!!! If you don’t have anything nice to say! Shut your mouth and keep it moving!!!!! For the ones that showed empathy and gave condolences thank you!

  21. James on November 16th, 2020 2:06 pm

    Have some empathy for once in your life folks. Someone just lost their life and the first thing that comes to mind is to chastise him for losing it? We all make mistakes in this life and talking about what the driver should and shouldn’t have done is not the christian thing to do. Oh wait

  22. V A on November 16th, 2020 1:01 pm

    I agree ensley boy. The only thing that would help to not rear end someone is to pay better attention when driving. Don’t look down at your phone and don’t have any distractions. Pay better attention. There’s not much more at that intersection that can be done. If every single person just drove careful through there & did what they were supposed to do, there wouldn’t be any accidents. Don’t run red lights, don’t do u-turns in front of people, don’t speed, don’t tailgate, stay off your phone, pay attention and don’t pull out front of someone. This is all stuff you should have learned in driver’s education. Sending prayers to the family who lost their loved one.

  23. Jason Alexander on November 16th, 2020 12:58 pm


    Interseaction is not the issue. People driving is. Its common sense to be aware of your surroundings. People was 80 plus mph there. I live right there and see it everyday. Everyone is always in a hurry. So sad.

  24. Shay Lo on November 16th, 2020 11:55 am

    I see numerous people literally staring straight down at their phones while driving EVERYDAY. I can’t imagine how most of these people make it from point A to B without killing themselves and/or the innocent people on the road. Insanity!

  25. Moral on November 16th, 2020 11:36 am

    Get off your phones while driving folks and please pay attention.

  26. ensley boy on November 16th, 2020 11:06 am

    WickedWalk0721……….. What could they possibly do to the intersection to keep someone from rear ending a vehicle?????

  27. petrice williams on November 16th, 2020 9:06 am

    Lord this is so sad praying for his family

  28. Crunch on November 16th, 2020 8:18 am

    “The Florida Highway Patrol said a 44-year Pensacola man “failed to maintain awareness of stopped vehicle traffic directly in front of his vehicle”. He drove his Chevrolet Impala directly into the rear of a truck that was hauling a large commercial roll off dumpster.”

    …. pretty much sums it up from what I see. “failed to maintain awareness” When you are behind the wheel, awareness is #1!!!! Proof is in the photos

  29. WickedWalk0721 on November 15th, 2020 7:45 pm

    God have mercy on the driver who lost his life, and prayers to both families involved. I was in a major accident at that exact spot and was hit head on by a semi loaded down over 4 years ago. Luckly i was able to have walked away with for the most part minor injuries. But they really need to so something about this intersection and the traffic light way too many wrecks and loss of life in that one spot. Its a very dangerous traffic pattern and crossing.

  30. Jenny on November 15th, 2020 6:50 pm

    This had just happened when we were coming through. My heart sank when we drove by and then passed two ambulances with no lights or sirens on. My heart breaks for the family. My heart and prayers are with you.

  31. Bigblock345 on November 15th, 2020 6:20 pm

    God have mercy on this family that lost a loved one. And for the driver of the truck that got rear-ended.Grant him and his family comfort. In Jesus’s name, AMEN