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Two Wrecks in 18-Hour Span on Flagler Roads Send 3 to Hospital in Critical Condition

| December 21, 2010

Jessica Vides, 23, had recently returned from california to resettle in the area. (© FlaglerLive)

Jessica Vides, 23, had recently returned from california to resettle in the area. (© FlaglerLive)

In the space of 18 hours between Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning on Flagler County roads, two wrecks involving three vehicles sent three people to Halifax Hospital in critical condition.

The first wreck took place at 4:30 Monday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. 1 and County Road 13, just north of the SR100 overpass in Bunnell. A semi truck was driving south, with Ocala driver Michael David Smith, 58 at the wheel. A 2004 Mitsubishi SUV driven by Joseph E. O’Guin, 22, of Bunnell, was on CR13, approaching US1. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, O’Guin failed to stop at the intersection’s stop sign. The semi truck struck the SUV on the driver’s side, sending the vehicle into the treeline on the western shoulder of the road.

With O’Guin was 22-year-old Cacilia Jean Carter of Bunnell. O’Guin and Carter were not wearing their seat belts.

Both were unresponsive when Flagler County Fire Department paramedics arrived. Carter was breathing fitfully. She did not regain consciousness either at the scene or in the ambulance that transported her to Halifax. O’Guin was initially unresponsive, but started waking up as paramedics worked on him and extricated him from the car.

The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries. The cab of the truck sustained significant damage, estimated at $10,000.

The second wreck took place on Colbert Lane in Palm Coast at 10:10 this morning, involving one vehicle–a 2000 Isuzu Trooper–and one driver, Jessica Vides, 23, a 2005 graduate of Palm Coast High School and a tattoo artist who had just relocated back to the area after living in California for a few years.

Vides was traveling north when, for an unknown reason, she veered left, hit the sandy shoulder, and rolled onto, and beyond, the brush-line, down the embankment on the west side of the road. Her car was not visible from the road at that point, but two lawn maintenance men passing by noticed debris on the road and a broken taillight. They followed the path of the debris, and one of them began hearing the faint sound of music coming from behind the embankment, then saw the car and immediately called 911. Palm Coast Fire Department unites arrived on the scene. Vides’ arm was pinned under the vehicle, which was on its back. Vides was mostly unconscious at the scene as crews worked furiously to free her from the car. She was then transported to Halifax Hospital.

The Florida Highway Patrol had no details explaining that crash as of Tuesday evening.

Inside Vides' SUV. (Click on the image for larger view. © FlaglerLive)

Some of the things recovered from Vides' SUV. (© FlaglerLive)

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20 Responses for “Two Wrecks in 18-Hour Span on Flagler Roads Send 3 to Hospital in Critical Condition”

  1. vpk teacher says:

    at indian trails vpk we have been praying for jessica,s recovery we miss having our x. vides in class and hope all is well with him we hope she heals fast and our prayers are with your family.please let us know if we can help in any way mrs. mel


  2. Lourdes Vides says:

    An update on Jessica: She was in ICU for 4 weeks – recuperating everyday – miracles!!! As of this Monday, she has been transferred to a different room in the hospital, out of ICU! They are preparing her to be trasferred to a rehabilitation hospital for therapy. All looks promising, but at rehab they will be able to see what needs to be done to bring her back to the working world.
    Thanks again for your prayers and concerns.


  3. vpk teacher says:

    so happy to hear the news we will continue to keep all of your family in our prayers!!! Mrs. Mel


  4. I-rehab-u says:

    I work with Jessica daily. She is doing awesome, has made a remarkable recovery and hopefully will go home soon. It has been such a pleasure and privilege to have worked with her. Jessica is the most beautiful, sweet and gentle person. Love her to pieces.


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