FRIDAY, 12:30 p.m.....A Panama City man is about to be airlifted to an area hospital following a serious motorcycle crash on State Road 71 South near Slim Tucker Road. A witness tells The County Record she was two vehicles behind the motorist when the accident occurred. The woman, a trained first responder and EMT graduate, attempted to help the victim. The 31-year-old man was unresponsive. The witness relayed information to the 911 dispatcher and a helicopter has been dispatched. The man, who has not been identified at this time, is described as critical.
If you have seen a white SUV missing a right mirror, authorities want to hear from you.
Latrisha Simpson, 21, of Blountstown, says she was walking along Hugh Creek Road May 15 with her 18 month old niece when she was struck by a vehicle.
"The only thing I remember about the truck is it was white or off-white," she tells The County Record. "It looked like an older model Jeep or Explorer...an SUV."
Latrisha says she was just a couple yards from her sister's mailbox when she was hit. "I noticed the vehicle and stepped off the road to the grass," she explains. "I don't know if they were drinking or texting or what." After the vehicle hit her, Latrisha says the driver slowed down for a moment, then sped away.
Latrisha was taken to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital for injuries to her left arm. She was treated, released and referred to a specialist for further care. She had been carrying her niece in her left arm, but, fortunately, "I had just switched her over to the other arm," she states.
After returning from the hospital, Latrisha and her mother spotted the mirror off the SUV on the ground and reported it to authorities at the scene.
Trooper Philip Spaziante of the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office assisted.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 850-484-5000 or 1-800-665-2794 or the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at 674-5049.
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