Fatal Accident In Merritt Island

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida  — The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that 19-year-old Sam Crane if Merritt Island died in a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 9:22 p.m. last night near the intersection of North Banana River Drive and Morgan Drive in Merritt Island, Florida.

According to FHP, 69-year-old Barbara Lieberman of Cape Canaveral was driving her 2003 Jaguar northbound on North Banana River Drive when a dog ran out in front of the Jaguar.  Lieberman veered left to avoid hitting the dog and crossed over the double yellow lines.

The front of the Jaguar struck the dog.  The front left portion of the Jaguar struck the left front of a 1984 Chevy pickup driven by Crane.  The impact caused the pickup to overturn and come to a rest on its roof.  
According to Brevard County Fire Rescue Public Information Lieutenant Jeffrey Taylor, fire rescue crews were dispatched to the area of 1040 N. Banana River Dr. in Merritt Island for a reported two vehicle collision with possible entrapment.  The first arriving engine reported finding the truck with heavy damage on its roof.  Crane was heavily entrapped.  The Jaguar reportedly had moderate damage.  North Banana River Drive was closed in both directions for about an hour while crews worked to free the victim.
Both Crane and the dog died at the scene.

Crane’s passenger, 17-year-old Laura Hall of Merritt Island suffered minor injuries and was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital.  Lieberman suffered minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

A makeshift memorial is growing at the intersection of Morgan Drive and N. Banana River Drive.


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