FHP Releases Details: Teen Charged After Highway 196, Highway 29 Crash

June 15, 2024

The Florida Highway Patrol has released their results of their investigation into a traffic crash Tuesday evening near Molino.

Friday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol released details of the crash near the intersection of Highway 196 and Highway 29.

FHP said in a 17-year-old male in a 2002 Honda sedan was traveling east on Highway 196 at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Highway 29. His car continued across Highway 29 a struck a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a 50-year-old man on Highway 196 that was waiting to make a left turn into a Dollar General parking lot.

The Honda sedan came to a stop after striking a street sign at the corner of Highway 196 and Country Squire Drive. The pickup overturned and came to rest on its side just off the roadway.

Family members tell us the driver of the pickup and his 33-year-old female passenger are recovering and appear to be fine. An update on the teen’s condition was not available.

The 17-year-old was charged with reckless driving and cited for running a stop sign.

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22 Responses to “FHP Releases Details: Teen Charged After Highway 196, Highway 29 Crash”

  1. Jlb on June 18th, 2024 6:40 pm

    Young teenager…all by himself having fun..guess he realized now a car isn’t a toy. Lucky for him he didn’t kill anyone. Drivers Ed might not be so bad..see some real footage of seriously injured people.

  2. JJ on June 17th, 2024 1:41 pm

    Not even the same. First one was a girl and she STOPPED and then pulled out into traffic.
    No comparison at all

  3. Eric M on June 17th, 2024 8:29 am

    @fisherman … my teenage daughter rear-ended someone on her 16th birthday (8 years ago). My premiums went through the roof. It was a simple accident too. Nothing like this story.

  4. derek on June 16th, 2024 3:35 pm

    Should be strict enforcement on teen drivers. I was a kid once I know all about taking driving for granted snd ignoring the traffic rules. Heck, just visit any whataburger after midnight and you have 16-17 year old kids driving up knowing full well it’s against the law.

  5. CCHGN on June 16th, 2024 3:26 pm

    Raven: Too much presumption there.

    SO, this kid was charged for BLATANT reckless driving. The last kid, or others, could have had a catastrophic failure with their vehicle.

    HUGE difference,.

  6. A parent on June 15th, 2024 11:40 pm

    Shannon, yes they need to bring back drivers Ed but it doesn’t just start and stop there. It also falls on the parents that help their children pass their license requirements by just a couple examples, child taking online test and gets help passing test and by not requiring their children to drive the hours they’re required to drive before getting their license. I know that for a fact from hearing about it from others and my own children. I made my children drive the required hours with different road conditions, different times of the day and evening and we kept up with the lothe log book. Are they perfect drivers? No but they had experiences and we, their dad and I did not just turn them loose.

  7. Previous Accident on June 15th, 2024 11:23 pm

    The difference in accidents is the other vehicle stopped and then proceeded thru the sign. That driver didn’t yield the right of way. This accident has witnesses stating the driver of the Honda never stopped and just by how fast he was going he didn’t stay within the intersection or 45 feet he was closer to 500 feet from the impact if not further. This alone shows the excessive speed of his vehicle which is why he has a a ticket for wreckless driving as well as a ticket for running the stop sign.This instance the harsh penalty is needed and maybe it will save lives.

  8. Raven on June 15th, 2024 7:51 pm

    Another teen lost his life this same way a few months back & the person wasn’t charged at all. Same stop sign, same situation.. they should all be harshly punished as us that travel with our kids don’t deserve to suffer a loss from immature drivers. & a slap on the wrist isnt going to open their eyes.

  9. Me on June 15th, 2024 4:12 pm

    Well, hopefully this incident will make him think about awareness every time he drives ……for the rest of his life! He’s LUCKY he didn’t kill someone!!!

  10. Bill L. on June 15th, 2024 4:06 pm

    Actions like this cannot be defended he made a decision that could have been deadly for all involved by the Grace of God it was not any worse then it was. He should be held responsible for all damages, medical bills and damage to state property and should be banned from driving for life

  11. Shannon on June 15th, 2024 2:56 pm

    These children are not learning how to drive properly. There have been far too many accidents and deaths involving young drivers. They need to bring back drivers Ed.

  12. Nana on June 15th, 2024 1:07 pm

    Back in our day we did and our kids had drivers Ed in school , you did this a whole semesters,but these kids don’t get this anymore and that’s a class that does need to be brought back ,so now our young kids are at the mercy of just trying to learn to drive and just hope to get it right and go pay that driving school that is only a week than giving a lisence

  13. Michelle on June 15th, 2024 12:16 pm

    I know that God saved me from the grave consequences of my younger self’s actions more than once. I know every single person whom has driven a vehicle has made a decision that could’ve hurt themselves or others. It is called human error. This 17 year old young man is the kindest soul I’ve ever met. He has never been in any form of trouble and would do anything for anyone.He if an upstanding member of his community, an asset to his job, a blessing to his friends and family. A proud member of his church. In a split second things can change for all of us. People need to remember that this is a human being, a young man. He is facing the consequences of his actions, with his entire future ahead of him. The guilt that he feels is insurmountable. We are so blessed that all involved are okay. This could have happened to anyone’s child. To anyone. On either side of this accident. So please, prayers would help, judgement does not.

  14. fisherman on June 15th, 2024 12:09 pm

    Wait till the parents go to renew insurance on the vehicles they own. If the kid didn’t have insurance the parents will have to pay out of pocket. This will cost them plenty.
    Hopefully he’s learned a lesson on this and won’t repeat it.

  15. Charlotte Bates on June 15th, 2024 11:27 am

    That stop sign does not mean, “Skid Tires On Pavement.” Just glad no one way killed.

  16. Mark on June 15th, 2024 10:22 am

    All the traffic lights, rumple strips, street lights and road signage won’t fix this. But why not spend tax dollars to fix stupid car tricks!

  17. driver on June 15th, 2024 10:07 am

    to much time on cell phone

  18. will b ban on June 15th, 2024 9:36 am

    We were all young and stupid when we started driving.I know I was always lucky looking back the lord looks out for idiots and drunks hope everyone is OK and that the 17 yro will slow down. When you discover your not 10ft tail and bulletproof anymore it tends to make ya smarte.

  19. Lou on June 15th, 2024 8:23 am

    Most of these young people today are given cars and given a means to ride the roads. Judgement, when driving, comes with experience. Just driving the speed limit alone would help. FHP and ECSO need to work Hwy 29 more and make believers out of the Nascar driving folks. No wonder everyone’s car insurance rates has soared.

  20. straightshooter on June 15th, 2024 8:15 am

    @Well on
    The same reason guns get blamed for murders.

  21. Well on June 15th, 2024 8:05 am

    As usual we hope that everyone will recover but why does the intersection get blamed for these wrecks.

  22. Kate on June 15th, 2024 6:32 am

    The problem is that the folks on 196 from east and West don’t stop at the stop sign. A red light ain’t going to make a difference if PEOPLE won’ t stop. Since when did a STOP SIGN mean hey kids go ahead you’ll make it.