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Flagler College student killed, others injured in I-295 crash

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Updated: 12/15/2013 1:50 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol says an improper lane change of a Toyota 4Runner Friday afternoon could have played a role in a deadly crash on Interstate 295 near Old St. Augustine Road.

Troopers report  Haven Shonio and Melissa Martinez were riding with Karen Gregory, all 19, when Gregory lost control of the SUV.

Gregory's vehicle eventually crashed  into a commercial truck before stopping, according to officials.

The crash report states Gregory was taken to Baptist South Hospital in serious condition, and Martinez was taken to UF Health Jacksonville in critical condition. Shonio, of Stowe,  Vermont, reportedly died at the scene.

All three girls were listed as freshmen at Flagler College in St.  Augustine.

The college released  this statement  after the crash:

The entire Flagler College community is saddened to learn of the tragic death of student Haven Shonio, who was killed in a car accident Friday morning on I-295 near Jacksonville. Haven, 19, was a freshman and had just completed her first semester at Flagler.‬

According to the Florida Highway Patrol media report, two other Flagler students were injured in the accident: Karen Gregory, 19, of Ponte Vedra Beach, was admitted to Baptist South Hospital, and her condition is serious; and Melissa Martinez, 19, of Jacksonville, was admitted to Shands Hospital, and her condition is serious.

I encourage all members of the Flagler College community to keep these students and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

William T. Abare, Jr., Ed.D.
Flagler College

Charges are pending in the crash.

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