19-year-old Newberry man killed in crash near Melrose

Compiled from Florida Highway Patrol and Alachua County Fire Rescue press releases

A 19-year-old Newberry man was killed early this morning in a single-vehicle accident near Melrose.

At about 3:00 a.m. on October 6, multiple crews from Alachua County Fire Rescue, Melrose Fire Department, and law enforcement agencies responded to NE State Road 26 near County Road 219A. A vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Newberry man had been traveling westbound on SR 26 at a high rate of speed, then traveled off the roadway onto the south grass shoulder, where it overturned and struck a large tree. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, had to be extricated from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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The cause of the crash is under investigation by Florida Highway Patrol.

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