A driver looking down at his phone collided with a firetruck Friday night in Marion County.
Jesse Myers, 34, of Belleview, had been driving a 2004 Nissan Quest at 7:50 p.m. on State Road 326 when he failed to stop at a stop sign, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Andrew Smith was driving a Marion County Fire Rescue truck and realized that Myers was not going to stop at the stop sign so he swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision. Meanwhile, Myers realized what was happening and applied his brakes, but could not stop in time to avoid a crash. The FHP report noted that Myers’ vehicle left 109 feet of skidmarks.
Smith suffered minor injuries. Two other firefighters who had been passengers in the truck, 42-year-old Brian Lilly of Ocklawaha and 19-year-old Cameron Romanac of Ocala, escaped injury.
Myers and a passenger in his car, 25-year-old Richard Isenhower of Ocala, were uninjured.
Myers was ticketed for running a stop sign.