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1 Dead, 9 Injured in Hamilton County Crash-UPDATE

By: Dontaye Carter; Jennifer Milton Email
By: Dontaye Carter; Jennifer Milton Email

Updated 1-29 8:14pm by Jennifer Milton:

"I'm not crying because she's dead, I know she's dead, I can accept the fact that she's dead. It's just imagining your best friend in a casket, in a hearse and like, she's just cold, it's no smiles, there's none of that it's just her in casket, can't move," said Demetris Arnold.

Demetrius Arnold never thought the conversation he had with Amber Carpenter on January 21st would be the last time he would hear his best friend's voice. The 17-year old from Madison County was killed in a tragic car accident in Hamilton County after the basketball game between Madison and Hamilton High schools on January 22nd. Those closest to her are stricken with grief as they say their final goodbyes to a beloved daughter, sister and friend.

"She was a very nice person, she was a people person, she was always happy and she just loved everybody," said Angie Thompkins.

Authorities say the high school student was riding in the front seat of a 1993 Ford Explorer, when the driver, Quanisha Jackson, failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle.

At this time police are waiting for results from blood alcohol tests to see if alcohol was a factor in the crash.

We have made several attempts to get more details from the Florida Highway Patrol, but they have not released any other information about the crash at this time. We are also waiting to hear if any charges will be filed.
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The Florida Highway patrol says at 10:30 Saturday night Quanisha Jackson, the driver of a Ford Explorer, was traveling east in the left turn lane on U-S 129.

Jackson failed to yield the right-of-way as she traveled into the path of a Jeep.

FHP says the front of the jeep hit the left front side of the Explorer causing Jackson's car to go into another lane.

Authorities say Amber Carpenter, the passenger in the front seat of the Explorer, died on scene.

Jackson was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville and all other passengers were transported to Shands Hospital in Live Oak.

Authorities are not sure if Carpenter was wearing a seat belt.

Only two of the five passengers are confirmed to have been wearing seat belts in the Ford Explorer.

Troopers say they don't know how many, if any, were wearing seat belts in the Jeep.

Both drivers were tested for alcohol.

Charges are pending.


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