OKALOOSA ISLAND — One person suffered minor injuries in a three-car crash that occurred near the Destin bridge on Friday night.
According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, just past 7 p.m. Friday a car driven by 24-year-old Thomas M. Lowery II, of Miramar Beach, was traveling on U.S. Highway 98 near Calhoun Avenue in Destin when he failed to stop for stopped traffic.
His car rear-ended a car driven by 37-year-old Andrea M. Teague of McKinney, Texas. The force of the collision caused the second car to rear-end another car, driven by 19-year-old Stephen Fain, of Stephenville, Texas.
Witnesses said Lowery was speeding prior to the collision, according to the FHP report.
Lowery suffered minor injuries but did not go to the hospital, the report said. Teague, the driver of the second car, was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with minor injuries. A 34-year-old passenger and two 6-year-old passengers in Teague’s car were uninjured. Fain and his passenger were also uninjured.
Lowery was ticketed for careless driving and not wearing a seat belt, according to the FHP.
One westbound lane of U.S. Highway 98 was blocked for about 40 minutes while the FHP, Okaloosa County EMS and crews from several fire departments worked the scene.