UPDATE: Woman charged after Hwy. 98 accident injures two, snarls traffic (PHOTOS)
TUESDAY UPDATE (by Angel McCurdy of the Northwest Florida Daily News)
A 44-year-old woman was arrested Monday on charges of driving intoxicated and causing serious bodily injury to another.
Kimberly Ann Fressell of Santa Rosa Beach was driving on U.S. Highway 98 around 1:40 p.m. when she attempted to turn left in front of approaching westbound traffic, according to Fressell’s Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Fressell’s car hit a sport utility vehicle heading westbound U.S. 98 at the intersection of Airport Road. The wreck injured two individuals, a man and woman who have not been identified.
A medical helicopter transported the man to a trauma center in Pensacola. According to the report, the crash caused the two individuals serious injury to their face that will leave a scar and possibly permanent disfigurement.
All westbound lanes were shut down for about an hour after the wreck, according to Philip Metz, medical division chief for the Destin Fire Department. Traffic was rerouted down Airport Road and Commons Drive.
Immediately after the crash, Fressell got out of her car and attempted to hide a bottle of wine from view, the report said. Witnesses told deputies at the scene and they were able to find the concealed bottle.
Fressell displayed signs of impairment and refused to submit to a blood test voluntarily. She was arrested at the scene.
Fressell is scheduled to appear in court June 25.
Read on for the original story by The Log's Jessica Coker
On Monday, about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 98 and Airport Road, a white Nissan Altima and a black Mercedes sports utility vehicle were involved in an accident.
Destin Fire Control District Battalion Chief Mike Urenda told The Log that they aren't quite sure what occurred between the two vehicles or the directions they were coming from.
"It's still being investigated," said Urenda. "I got there and started tending to the patients."
The 31-year-old driver of the Nissan was brought in an ambulance to the parking lot of Morgan Sports Center and life-flighted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. The driver appeared to have some kind of head trauma, but the extent was unknown.
Once in the ambulance, the driver appeared to be "in stable condition," according to Urenda.
According to Destin Fire Control District, the passenger in the Nissan, a 31-year-old female, was brought via ambulance to Fort Walton Beach hospital with minor injuries. The driver and single occupant in the SUV reportedly had no injuries.
The accident snarled traffic on the highway and in the back roads of Destin. As of 3:15 p.m., the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reported that west bound lanes on 98 were closed, and traffic was being diverted onto Airport and Commons.