Teenager airlifted after crashing into SUV and animal hospital in Leesburg

LEESBURG – A Jaguar traveling over 100mph slammed into a Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and US Highway 441/27 on Monday night, causing car parts to explode and the car to speed overturned on the side of a building a few meters away. He also broke a wooden electric pole.

The young man in the car was extracted from the wreckage and airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center, according to authorities there.

Ken Hutcheson, whose business, Champion Rentals, is located on the busy corner of Wal-Mart, described the driver as an 18-year-old Spanish-speaking boy who was bleeding profusely and kept repeating, “My daddy’s car “.

“I pulled him out of the car,” Hutcheson said.

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Part of a car lies on the lawn outside the Northgate Animal Clinic in Leesburg on Monday evening.  At approximately 6:25 a.m., a Jaguar traveling over 100 mph slammed into a Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and US Highway 441/27 on Monday evening, causing car parts to explode and the car at high speed swung over to the side of the clinic.

The crash, which happened around 6.25pm ​​on Monday, was caught on the Hutcheson store’s surveillance camera. It shows the late model SUV turning left to head north on US 441/27 when it is suddenly hit by the southbound silver car. Then there is an explosion, a huge cloud filled with smoke, and car parts flying everywhere.

“I could hear the Jaguar accelerating before the crash,” he said.

One wheel landed in Hutcheson’s store, another was embedded in the side of the Northgate Animal Clinic where the car eventually came to rest leaning against the facade of the building. A spring from the front, along with other parts, ended up in the Wells Fargo bank parking lot, probably about 50 yards away.

Car parts strewn after a Jaguar traveling over 100 mph slammed into a Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and US Highway 441/27 on Monday night, causing an explosion of car parts and the speed of the car overturning on the side of the Northgate Animal Clinic.

Hutcheson said he did not smell alcohol on the driver, but was not wearing a seat belt.

He said the man and woman in the Cadillac appeared uninjured, but he told them they needed to go to the hospital to be assessed. The collision deployed the airbags in their car.

A Jaguar traveling over 100 mph crashed into a Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and US Highway 441/27 Monday night.  The teenage driver of the Jaguar was airlifted after the crash, but the passengers in the SUV appeared uninjured, a witness said.

Leesburg Fire, Lake EMS, Leesburg Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol responded to the call.

Authorities closed a southbound lane after the accident. It was still closed around 9 p.m.

A Florida Highway Patrol officer, who viewed the surveillance video, declined to comment on the accident, saying he was not authorized to speak to the press. More details from authorities were not available Monday evening.

A Jaguar traveling over 100 mph slammed into a Cadillac Escalade at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and US Highway 441/27 on Monday evening, causing car parts to explode and the high-speed car to crash. is overturned on the side of a building several meters away.  The car also broke a wooden electric pole.

Hutcheson said there have been 67 crashes at the intersection since he’s been in business at that corner, “four very violent ones.”

He blames a flashing yellow light for causing some of the problems.

“They see this and they think they should go,” Hutcheson said.

Benjamin M. Yerger