William Edgar McDonald Injured in Crestview, Florida Accident

December 6, 2012

By Elaina Robbins on December 6, 2012 7:35 PM |

William Edgar McDonald was injured Sunday in a Crestview, Florida accident after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a power pole, which collapsed on top of his car and electrocuted him with downed power lines, news sources indicate. McDonald, 19, was the only occupant of the vehicle during the time of the wreck. He was taken to the Sacred Heart Hospital to be treated for serious injuries sustained during the electrical shock. An investigation into the accident is ongoing; so far they believe speed may have been a factor. It remains to be seen whether the structural integrity of the pole was at fault.

Reports say the accident occurred around 2:30 Sunday morning as McDonald traveled eastbound along Airport Road. According to reports, his vehicle veered off the roadway when he attempted to make a left turn near Fairchild Road. The Florida Highway Patrol indicated that McDonald may have been speeding prior to the crash. McDonald's Nisaan coupe veered across the roadway's shoulder, collided with a sign, and then struck a power pole head-on. The car came to rest on a nearby grassy hill.

A witness who was on the scene rushed to the vehicle to give aid and reportedly saw McDonald exit his vehicle and begin climbing the hill. The witness noticed that the accident damaged the power pole and that exposed power lines had fallen to the ground. He attempted to warn McDonald of the dangers, reports say, but McDonald did not hear. As he walked, he came into contact with the exposed lines and sustained a powerful shock.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported McDonald to the Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries caused by the shock. McDonald left the hospital the same day he was checked in, reports say. It remains to be seen whether he sustained any permanent damage. An investigation into the crash is ongoing and it is not yet known whether McDonald may be charged with a crime, nor is it clear whether authorities are addressing the possibility of a structural problem with the pole.

In other news, Alan D. Snaddon of Riviera Beach, Florida died Wednesday when he was struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 95 in Riviera Beach, reports indicate. Snaddon, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene. Michael Anthony Looper of Easley, South Carolina was identified as the truck driver; it is unclear whether he sustained injury the crash. An investigation into the accident is ongoing. So far, it does not appear as though Looper will be charged with a crime.

Reports say the accident occurred around 12:00 Wednesday morning along a portion of Interstate 95 in Riviera Beach. According to reports, the semi-truck was traveling southbound along the roadway when Snaddon ran into its path. The semi then collided with Snaddon, killing him.

When paramedics arrived, they pronounced Snaddon dead at the scene. It remains unclear as to why Snaddon ran into the path of the semi-truck. An investigation is ongoing and the Florida Highway Patrol says Looper is not guilty of any wrongdoing in the case.