A 26-year-old motorcyclist and a 70-year-old motorist were killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash at Beach Boulevard and Barkley Road, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.


The motorcyclist was headed west on Beach about 3:10 p.m. just as the light was turning yellow at Barkley, Sgt. Donald Washington Jr. said. As the motorcyclist continued through the intersection, the traffic signal turned red and the older man in a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck started driving across Beach.

“The Chevrolet pickup truck had actually started early into the intersection and left the red light before it actually changed,” Washington said. “The motorcycle impacted the driver’s door. The motorcycle rider was ejected off the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The 70-year-old pickup driver died later at a hospital, Washington said.

Helmet and seat belt information were not available and no names were released.

Dan Scanlan

SUV-truck collision leaves one dead

One person is dead after a sport-utility vehicle ran a stop sign in Jacksonville Tuesday night, hitting a pickup truck in the intersection of Greeland Avenue and West Ramona Boulevard about 8:35 p.m.

The pickup truck was eastbound on Ramona when the SUV driver ran the stop sign southbound on Greeland, said Sgt. C.D. Jackson.

The SUV flipped and ended up on its roof and one person was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, Jackson said.

It is unclear if the person ejected was the driver but the two other people in the vehicle were not hospitalized and are cooperating with the investigation, Jackson said.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Jackson said.

No names were released.

Joe Daraskevich

Man hospitalized
with gunshot wound

Police are investigating a shooting in Jacksonville that put one man in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday night, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers responded to the 5000 block of Cleveland Road about 8:30 p.m. after reports that shots were fired, police said.

A short time later, a victim walked into UF Health Jacksonville with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said.

Witnesses reported between five and 10 shots fired but there are no suspect descriptions and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Joe Daraskevich

Jacksonville driver dies in Virginia crash

A tractor-trailer driver from Jacksonville was killed in a weather-related wreck in Frederick County, Va., Virginia State Police said.

Michael K. Goodwin, 58, lost control of the tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 Tuesday morning, spokeswoman Corinne Geller. The truck jackknifed, ran off the highway and the cab hit a tree on the driver’s side.

Geller said road conditions and speed were factors in the accident.

A National Weather Service online map shows the Winchester area received about 2 inches of snow Tuesday.

Associated Press


Pest-control worker faces theft charges

An Orange Park pest-control worker faces burglary and grand theft charges after at least $155,000 of jewelry and other property were stolen from homes throughout Clay County last year.

Ronnie Lee Stevens Jr., 49, is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Tuesday before Circuit Judge Don H. Lester at the Clay County Courthouse. Stevens is accused of stealing the items while conducting inspections while working for his family’s business, Pest Xpress of Orange Park.

He faces a single count of burglary and six counts of grand theft. The charges reflect incidents from early April through late October 2013, court records show.

Teresa Stepzinski


Human remains found in Guana Preserve

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human remains along Florida A1A in the Guana Preserve in South Ponte Vedra Beach.

Officials said the remains were found Wednesday afternoon by staff from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on the east side of the coastal state road during a scheduled control burn. The origin of the remains is unknown as robbery and homicide detectives investigate, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office advises that Florida A1A may be temporarily closed at times due to the investigation.

Dan Scanlan