14-year-old dies in crash

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By Jeff M. Hardison

A Chiefland woman was involved in a fatal head-on collision Saturday afternoon, in which a 14-year-old boy died, according to Florida Highway Patrol Cpl. J.T. Clark.

Joyce McCraney, 63, was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup west on State Road 26 when Herbert Brown, 63, of Old Town was eastbound on SR 26 at about 1:40 p.m. as he drove a 1991 Buick.

Brown entered the westbound lane to go around a car that had stopped in the highway's eastbound lane, Clark said, as the stopped vehicle was attempting to turn left onto T.L. Johnson Boulevard.

The front with the front of the Ford and the front of the Buick collided.

Edward Brown, 14, was a passenger in the Buick. He was dead at the scene, Clark said. Neither Herbert Brown nor Edward Brown were wearing seatbelts, Clark said. Herbert Brown and McCraney both were listed in critical condition and were taken to Shands at the University of Florida.

Herbert Brown's car came to rest on SR 26 at the intersection of T.L. Johnson Blvd. facing east. McCraney's truck came to rest at the same place facing west, Clark said.

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