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Man Provokes Head-On Collision Then Stabs Himself in Suicide Attempt on Flagler Beach’s A1A

| June 15, 2017

The Ford SUV Keefe Crawford drove into an oncoming car on State Road A1A in Flagler Beach, in a suicide attempt on June 9. (© FlaglerLive)

The Ford SUV Keefe Crawford drove into an oncoming car on State Road A1A in Flagler Beach, in a suicide attempt on June 9. (© FlaglerLive)

At first it looked like a head-on collision–an accident–between two vehicles just after 11 a.m. on June 9 on State Road A1A in Flagler Beacxh, near South 16th Street.


But it was no accident. It was a suicide attempt.

Keefe Crawford, a 37-year-old resident of Daytona Beach, was traveling north on A1A in a dark-gray 2005 Ford Freestyle, an SUV, on a license seven years out of date, when according to a Flagler Beach police investigation, he crossed the center line of the narrow two-lane road and at first passed several vehicles in a no-passing zone. According to several witnesses, Crawford had several opportunities to return to his lane.

Instead, according to the investigator’s report, Crawford “intentionally and maliciously sped up and collided head-on” with the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Lisa Osborne, 59, was driving, with Michael W. Osborne her passenger. Both are from Orange City in Florida. The collision catapulted the Mitsubishi against a concrete barrier on the road. They’d been traveling south. Their vehicle ended up facing northbound traffic against the barrier, with the dash on top of their legs. They could not move.

Keefe Crawford.

Keefe Crawford.

Crawford, meanwhile kept driving, finally crashing into the house at 1608 South Ocean Road, causing about $1,500-worth of property damage there. Crawford then started stabbing himself with a steak knife several times. One witness who intervened had to take the knife out of Crawford’s neck, throwing the knife on the ground.

Crawford during the ordeal, according to the report, told witnesses that he had taken a handful of pills before driving the SUV and that he wanted to die, and that he had not meant to hurt the individuals in the vehicle he crashed.

Lisa Osborne suffered a heel fracture. Both were transported to Florida Hospital Flagler with non-life-threatening injuries. Crawford was flown by Flagler County Fire Flight as a trauma alert to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach.

Crawford is a registered sex offender with a number of arrests in Volusia County. His last arrest took place eight days before the crash in Volusia, after he failed to register as a sex offender. He was found guilty of engaging in sexual acts with a minor in 2011.


Crawford's SUV ended up against a house, causing about $1,500 in property damage. (© FlaglerLive)

Crawford’s SUV ended up against a house, causing about $1,500 in property damage. (© FlaglerLive)

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13 Responses for “Man Provokes Head-On Collision Then Stabs Himself in Suicide Attempt on Flagler Beach’s A1A”

  1. Ben Dover says:

    go ahead fl courts, give him a suspended sentence so he can be back to his church activities soon..what a joke

  2. Veteran says:

    What’s next?

  3. Komodo Dragon says:

    Menace to society.

  4. woodchuck says:

    What an a-hole almost killing innocent people.

  5. Bc. says:

    He should have been in jail. They keep letting them out to live among us. The court system is a JOKE!!!!

  6. Sw says:

    Per Capita this area has more loonies than the Cuckoos nest

  7. blondee says:

    If you want to kill yourself, please leave innocent bystanders out of it.

  8. Baffun Gool says:

    Judges are elected by the people. We, the people, are responsible for these judges. Maybe a little more participation is needed.

  9. jersey exit 82 says:

    I think anyone who attempts suicide should get the death penalty. That way- both sides win

  10. anonymus says:

    This man needs help & prayers

  11. Concerned Citizen says:

    Another repeat offender out on the streets hurting folks.

    He doesn’t need help and prayers. He needs to be incarcerated and held accountable for his actions. If the courts would stop handing out light sentences maybe we would see less of this.

    If you are going to try and kill yourself don’t involve innocent people.

  12. THE VOICE OF REASON says:

    They should also charge him with damaging a local landmark.

    That’s the “pirate house” he ran into. Hope none of the pirates were injured.

  13. Jimminy Cricket says:

    Arrrr…that’s a good one!

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