Thursday, June 04, 2015

James Salyer Dead, Two More Injured In Crash

ARCADIA, FL.-- A crash involving two vehicles, both driven by older adults left one dead and two badly injured at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday in Desoto County.

A 2013 Ford Focus, driven by James M. Salyer, 76 or Arcadia was stopped at the stop sign facing west at the intersection of SW Beard Street and US 17 northbound.

A 1995 Ford F150 driven by Julanne Juston Fleming, 90 was traveling northbound on US 17 in the inside lane approaching SW Beard Street.

Salyer proceeded to travel westbound across the northbound lanes of US 17 in front of the path of Fleming and subsequently, the front of her vehicle struck the left side of Salyer's.

The Focus came to final rest facing north in the center grass median. The truck came to final rest facing east on the east shoulder of US 17.

All 3 occupants were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital by Aeromed helicopters.

Salyer was pronounced deceased at Lee Memorial Hospital at 3:22 pm. Passenger Anna Belle Salyer, 75 was in critical condition, and Fleming in serious condition.

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