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One killed in four-car collision

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A four-vehicle accident April 12 that involved seven people resulted in the death of one person.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred on US Alt 27 at NE 100 Court, approximately a mile east of Bronson around 9:47 p.m.

The 16-year-old juvenile driver of a 2005 Toyota was traveling north across the westbound lane of US 27A, the report says, and a motorcycle was traveling west on US 27A in the outside lane.

The Toyota’s driver violated the motorcycle’s right of way, according to the Highway Patrol, which caused the driver of the motorcycle to strike the left side of the Toyota.

The Toyota rotated counterclockwise and came to rest  facing south on the paved median.

The motorcycle driver, Jeremy Parrott, 61, of Ontario, Canada and his passenger, Crystal-Jean Parrott, 24, also of Ontario, were ejected from the motorcycle. Mr. Parrott came to rest in the left westbound lane of US 27A and Ms. Parrott came to rest in the right westbound travel lane. The motorcycle came to rest partially in the left and right lane.

The third vehicle, a 1999  Mercury, driven by Tanya Michelle Mercer, 38, of Cedar Key, steered to the right to miss debris from the crash and failed to observe Ms. Parrott lying on the roadway, causing the Mercury to  run over Ms. Parrott, the Highway Patrol report said.

The fourth vehicle, a 2005 Ford truck, driven by Franklin Tennant of Archer, was traveling west on US27A in the  right lane.

The truck struck the motorcycle sending the truck into a counterclockwise yaw. The truck then overturned several times and came to rest on his roof facing west in the median.

Ms. Parrott was pronounced dead at the scene.

The juvenile sustained minor injuries. 

Mr. Parrott had critical injuries. Mercer and her passenger Nathaniel Ronald Mercer, 45, also of Cedar Key were not injured. 

 Tennant’s passenger, Lynda Swaim Brannon, 49, of Old Town had minor injuries. All were taken to Shands at the University of Florida.