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Man, two-year-old injured in crash

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A Bradford County man received serious injuries and a two-year-old minor injuries when the van they were in overturned on Northwest C.R. 235, Dec. 30, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Gary M. Denman, 31, of Lawtey was driving a Ford Freestar van around 3:30 p.m. south on the road, near Northwest 210th Lane when he drove off the pavement onto the right shoulder, then steered back left, losing control of the vehicle. The van rotated clockwise, crossed the road, struck a tree and overturned.

Bradford emergency medical personnel transported Denman’s passenger, Jacob Thompson, 2, of Lake Butler to Shands Starke. They took the driver to Shands UF.

According to the FHP report, alcohol was a factor in the accident, Denman was not wearing a seatbelt and charges are pending.

One man at the scene, who did not see the crash, said Denman claimed he left the roadway to avoid a dog that was crossing the road.

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