A Baldwin man is in ciritcal condition following a Feb. 27 traffic crash in Bradford County. According to the report by Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Justin Smatt, Charles D. O’Neal, 54, of Baldwin was northbound on U.S. 301 north of C.R. 125. He was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup. William E. Freese, 52, of Lawtey was driving a 1998 Kenworth semi. He was in a driveway on the opposite side of the road. Freese drove the Kenworth onto U.S. 301, across the southbound lanes and then merged into the outside lane with the northbound traffic, in front of O’Neal. O’Neal’s truck collided with the rear of the Kenworth and then hit the pole of a roadside sign. He was transported to Shands UF in critical condition. Charges are still pending the completion of the investigation. Damages to O’Neal’s pickup are estimated at $1,200. The Kenworth was not damaged.
Bradford County Telegraph Starke Weekly 10,400 March 3, 2011