Clewiston Man Injured In Early Morning Crash
CLEWISTON, FL. -- Anthony J. Blackman, 25 of Clewiston was seriously injured in a crash at 3 a.m. Sunday morning April 10th. He was a passenger in a 2002 Ford 150 truck driven by 22-year old Cody Matthew Hartley of Lehigh Acres.
The truck was traveling south in the southbound lane of County Road 833, 5.3 miles south of State Road 80, within Hendry County, Florida. For unknown reason, it drifted off the roadway and onto the grass shoulder, which sloped downward toward the west.
The driver steered toward the left causing it to begin rotating counter-clockwise, overturning onto its right side causing the driver (who was unrestrained) to be fully ejected. Hartley was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The truck overturned onto the outside portion of the southbound lane before arcing west and reentering the shoulder, coming to final rest within the shoulder, on its left side and roof while facing southeast. Blackman emerged from truck with incapacitating injuries and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital via helicopter.
Neither person was wearing a seat belt according to the FHP report. Charges and an investigation into the influence of alcohol were pending.