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Tragic Collision Claims Two Lives, Sends Juvenile to Hospital with Serious Injuries

(Photo: Scott Dippolito)

A devastating traffic collision unfolded near the 1500 block of SE 36th Ave at 8:23 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, prompting a call to the Ocala Police Department (OPD). The incident involved two vehicles, a car, and a SUV.

Upon OPD’s arrival, the car was engulfed in flames, a harrowing scene that was swiftly addressed by the Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) team. Despite their prompt efforts, the occupants of the car, a male and female, tragically lost their lives at the crash site. The male victim was ejected from the vehicle during the collision.

The SUV involved was driven by a juvenile who sustained serious injuries in the crash. Emergency responders rushed the juvenile to the hospital for medical attention.

In response to this fatal incident, the OPD Traffic Homicide Investigator was on the scene. As the investigation unfolds, the roadway near the crash site was expected to remain blocked for several hours.

This unfortunate event serves as a somber reminder of the immediate and lasting impacts of traffic accidents on individuals and communities. Authorities urge caution on the roads and emphasize the importance of adhering to safety measures to prevent such tragedies.

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