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Fatal Accident in Apalachicola Forest, Arrest Made

By: Eyewitness News; Jerry Askin Email
By: Eyewitness News; Jerry Askin Email

[UPDATE] November 10, 2011 -

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a 26-year-old Crawfordville man Nov. 9 who was a passenger in a fatal traffic crash that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the Apalachicola National Forest, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

Phillip Joshua Strickland was charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving death. Strickland was a passenger in a vehicle that crashed on Forest Road 329 and killed Misty Dawn Eversoll, 25, of Sopchoppy.

Eversoll was eastbound on the road when her 1997 Chevrolet truck left the road on a curve, began to rotate clockwise and overturned in a ditch. She was partially pinned underneath the vehicle and died at the scene. Eversoll and her vehicle were discovered in a ditch by a motorist at 5:18 p.m. The motorist was a beekeeper who was traveling to his apiary.

“During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered blood on the passenger side of the vehicle and discovered that Eversoll had been with Strickland running errands earlier in the day,” said Undersheriff Maurice Langston.

Strickland was picked up at his Crawfordville home and denied being involved in the crash during the interview process. But he later admitted being at the scene with Eversoll and walking away from the crash to a friend’s home in the Sopchoppy area.

Strickland was charged after failing to contact the sheriff’s office, render aid or get assistance for the victim from the passing motorist. He remains in the Wakulla County Jail.

The truck the victim was driving also experienced mechanical problems during the course of the afternoon and deputies are still investigating to determine what factors were involved in the fourth traffic fatality on Wakulla County roads in 2011.

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UPDATE: November 9, 2011 at 6:10pm by Jerry Askin

Deputies say 25-year old Misty Eversoll died Tuesday when she was driving on a forest road in the Apalachicola National Forest. They say she lost control of her SUV and it rolled over.

"Everyone should feel sorry for the family and wish them the best and hopefully they'll be able to get through it all," says Jack Collins, Wakulla County Resident.

Wakulla County Sheriff deputies say there have been 4 fatal accidents within the past year - Two happened within the past 2 weeks. That's why they say it's important to always wear your seatbelt.

"We believe that some of these fatalities could have been avoided if people would have worn their seat belts," says Maurice Langston from the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say Eversoll was not wearing her seatbelt Tuesday evening. She was partially ejected from the vehicle and died from her injuries. And buckling up isn't enough - officers say make sure you're doing it the right way.

"Make sure the shoulder strap is correctly positioned and the lap strap is properly positioned as well," says Langston.

According to the National Safety Council seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives between 2004 and 2008.

According to the CDC, men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women and adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than those who live in urban areas.
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Wakulla County, FL - November 8, 2011 --

WCSO reports a fatal accident happening early this evening in Apalachicola Forest.

Deputies say Misty Dawn Eversoll, 25, lost control of the 1997 Chevy truck she was driving on eastbound Forest Road 329 at around 5:15 pm. WCSO tells WCTV that the truck rolled over when Eversoll tried to over correct the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected.

No other injuries were reported.


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