Motorists injured in head-on collision

Two motorists were taken to a local hospital after they suffered injuries Thursday when their vehicles collided, head-on as they were traveling on U.S. Highway 441. Richard A. Cook, 55, of Orange Park, suffered serious injuries in the wreck, while the driver of the other vehicle, James C. May Jr., of Lake City was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. the wreck occurred about 2p.m. Thursday on U.S. Highway 441 at SE Burns Lane. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, May was driving south on the roadway in a 2004 Ford Ranger. At the same time, Cook was traveling north on the roadway in a 1994 Mazda three-door. Reports said as the vehicles were traveling, May’s vehicle drifted into the northbound lane, which resulted in the front side of his truck striking the front left side of Cook’s car. After the impact, both vehicles spun counterclockwise and came to rest. May and Cook were taken to Lake City Medical Center for treatment. Charges in connection with the wreck are pending completion of am FHP traffic crash investigation.

Lake City Reporter
Columbia County
March 4,2011