Florida Highway Patrol Press Release
Driver, David B. Birdsong, 22, and passenger. Christopher R. Lewis, 20, both of Winter Haven FL, passed away Friday evening in a Jefferson County accident.
According to FHP, Birdsong was traveling eastbound on Interstate-10 (State Road-8) in the left travel lane approximately 1mile east of CR-257 in Jefferson County, Florida.
For unknown reasons, Birdsong failed to maintain control of his 2001 Chrysler Sebring, causing it to travel off the roadway and onto the south grassy shoulder while rotating clockwise.
Birdsong's vehicle struck a large tree in the driver side area before coming to final rest against the tree facing in a southwesterly direction on the south shoulder of Interstate-10.
Both driver and passenger were both pronounced deceased at the scene by Jefferson County EMS.
FHP confirms that the crash was not alcohol related.