Assistant State Attorney Jason Lewis Escapes Serious Injuries in 2-Vehicle Wreck on US1
FlaglerLive | September 28, 2015
There was nothing remarkable about the wreck at U.S. 1 and Royal Palms Parkway late this afternoon, other than it was the second wreck in five hours, four miles south of the the first on U.S. 1. Like the first, it involved two vehicles that were seriously damaged, in this case from a near-head-on collision. As with the first wreck, no one was seriously injured, with both drivers walking and conversing with cops at the scene. Neither needed transportation to a local hospital.
But there was this: the driver of the Chevrolet Impala that was knocked off its trajectory and into a ditch at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Royal Palms was Jason Lewis, the lanky 39-year-old assistant state attorney in R.J. Larizza’s office of the 7th Judicial Circuit. He appeared bewildered only to the extent that he escaped injuries, a possibly bruised chest aside, though he’d had to jump out of the car from the driver’s side window (the door would not open) as it seemed to be smoking, and he had to leave behind some of his snared footwear.
And the driver of the Nissan Altima that struck him was Lauren Mack, 26, of Palm Coast: she is the co-founder of The Well Written Woman, the local blog with a broad, national following.
According to Florida Highway Patrol investigators at the scene, Mack was driving south and was preparing to make a left onto Royal Palms, on a flashing yellow arrow. Her line of vision was somewhat impaired by a large truck in the opposite direction’s turning lane, the investigator said, basing the summary on very preliminary analysis. Mack began inching into the turn just as Lewis, driving north (he lives in St. Johns County) crossed the intersection.
The collision was violent, especially on the front-left of the Altima, reducing most of it to a crumple. The car ended up in the median. The Impala veered east into the shoulder and down the embankment, somehow missing a thick concrete utility pole that would have caused more serious damage, and likely injury, than did the embankment, though the front of the Impala was also smashed beyond recognition. A homicide investigator from the State Attorney’s Office (the sort that investigates murders, not traffic homicides) was at the scene, documenting the wreck, and helping Lewis unload the Impala of stacks of papers and folders.
The wreck briefly closed parts of the intersection, but traffic resumed swiftly as John’s Towing removed the wrecked vehicles: John Rogers, the owner of John’s Towing, who is also a Bunnell city commissioner, eyed the clock as he worked. He was due at his commission’s public hearing for the adoption of a new budget and tax rate by 6:30 p.m.
The Bunnell Fire Department, Palm Coast Fire Department and Flagler County Fire Rescue had responded to the scene, along with the sheriff’s office and the Palm Coast Fire Police. The wreck took place at 4:48 p.m.