Two Vehicle Collision Sends Four to Local Hospitals

By: Alex Zequeira Email
By: Alex Zequeira Email

A two-car collision ended what was supposed to be a night at the beach for one Georgia woman and her daughter, Thursday.

Heidi Hepler and her daughter were following one another in separate cars, headed toward Panama City before going to Florida State University in Tallahassee, where Hepler's daughter was going to begin her freshman year.

But when they neared the Alabama/Florida state line, witnesses say another vehicle carrying three people crossed the highway slamming into 17 year-olds car.

"She called me with somebody else’s phone and was crying and screaming saying that somebody cut her off and that she flipped three times... rolled the car three times," said Hepler.

As Hepler’s daughter struggled to free herself from the wreck, a passerby saw her and got down to help.

"The girl, she crawled out of the window there, she was turned upside down. She was panicking so I stopped to try and calm her down," said Wanda Mcarald.

Hepler was fortunate to escape with a minor injury to her leg. But the three traveling in the other car sustained more serious injuries, two of them being sent to local area hospitals in critical condition.

The cause of the accident is still unknown, but authorities say the four people involved should feel lucky to live through such a dangerous collision.

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  • by Dede* Location: Daleville on Jun 25, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    I feel the same way Denise and the rest of the ones that left their comments on your page. I knew David Michael personally, he was an amazing 16 year old child. To think not one time was his name nor the other 2 children involved for that matter mentioned in your report just upsets me beyond belief. I also agree with Rachel in her comment about you guys "only having a few lines posted about this accident" especially when I see that in todays paper(6/25/07) there is a lenghty front page write up along with pictures about Mr.Sherre wreck and death..Also many of us do not feel that what Ms. Hepler has to say is relevent until the whole accident is fully investigated. The way the children were injured there is a strong dought in alot of our minds to the facts in Ms. Heplers report. Oh and to the "authorities" that mentioned how lucky the 4 should feel to be alive... There is only 3, the 4th one wasn't feeling as lucky as you think, and neither is his family. Rest in Peace , We love you David.
  • by Sandra Location: Dothan on Jun 24, 2007 at 06:24 PM
    Im sorry the girl was involved in the accident But its a shame that you state more on here in the news than you did of any of the boys no one showed up to intreview the Family of the young boys and talk to them but you sure did of the girls mother
  • by Rachel Location: Panama City, Fl. on Jun 24, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    Why,were only a few lines posted about this wreck. And you keep telling about things unimportant, over and over.
  • by James Lynch on Jun 24, 2007 at 08:32 AM
    there needs to be a light at this intersection due to numoureous wrecks that have been there
  • by tp on Jun 23, 2007 at 03:03 PM
  • by denise Location: dothan al on Jun 23, 2007 at 01:08 PM
    Iam a very close friend of the boys that were in the other car I am glad that Ms. Hepler is fine but what I don't understand is way you did not comment about the other victims in this accident and just to let you know only 3 children feel lucky because one never woke up and was taken off life support today he was a great boy full of life and only 16 Ms. heplers will still go to college and her and her mother will still have plenty of mommy and me days this victim and his family and friends will never have him again why didn't you go and ask the family about him or can anyone do anything for them or the 70 to 80 people who have been at the hospital non stop ask the security guards about the people that were there for this wonderful child. Why only about Ms. Hepler I think you did not give a very good accounting of this as a news report if you want to report on something look at everyone and everyones family.
  • by Dia Location: Dothan on Jun 23, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    You might want to update this. The boy in the ICU, David Johnston, died last night.
  • by JOHN on Jun 22, 2007 at 06:41 PM
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