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A driver faces several DUI charges after a Friday night series of crashes on County Road 349 in Dixie County that left a Chiefland father dead, his 5-month-old child injured, and the infant's mother hospitalized in serious condition, according to an Florida Highway Patrol report.
The accident occurred about 5.3 miles north of the town of Suwannee on CR 349 at about 11:30 p.m. Friday. A 2000 F-250 pickup truck operated by Makion Junior Kirkland Jr. headed south on the road, crossed the center line and collided with two northbound vehicles — Sesaley Mae Bretz' 2000 Honda and Daniel Ancel Dewees' 1998 GMC Jimmy.
The two separate crashes sent both vehicles onto the grassy shoulder, but Dewees' vehicle took a hit that went into the driver compartment, split the vehicle and ejected Dewees. Kirkland continued to drive south until his pickup overturned with its wheels partially upon the east grass shoulder.
Dewees, 31, of Chiefland, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dixie County EMS.
Jasmine Dewees, 5 months, of Old Town, who was strapped in on the right rear passenger seat of her father's vehicle had minor injuries and was taken UF Health Shands Hospital.
Kirkland, 49, of Old Town, sustained minor injuries in the accident and was arrested at the scene and taken to Dixie County Jail where he was booked on DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious boily injury, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident.
FHP Trooper Brown and Cpl. Lena Ward wrote in the report that it is Iunknown if Dewees was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Bretz was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash