Chiefland man dies in Dixie crash

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Woman arrested on DUI manslaughter, other charges

By The Staff

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.  

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