Head-On Crash Claims Lives of Sistersville Couple
A head on crash on State Road 21, just south of Camp Blanding, in Florida, left a Sistersville, couple among the five people killed and sent their two children to the hospital in critical condition on Tuesday May 16.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Toyota Camry headed north on State Road 21 near Camp Blanding just before 3 p.m. drifted across the yellow dividing lines of the road and hit a Nissan Altima driven by 22-year-old Chelsea Johnson, of Melrose.
Officials have identified the driver of the Camry as 29-year-old Daniel Eden of Sisterville, West Virginia. Brandy Eden, 24; Rebecca Bates, 46; and David Eden, 31, were passengers in the Camry. All four died from their injuries.
The Eden’s 2-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy were also in the Camry and survived the crash. They were taken to UF Health Jacksonville in critical condition.
According to Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Keith Gaston, the children survived the accident thanks to the car seats that they were buckled into.
“It’s a testament to child seats and having them buckled in properly,” Gaston said.
According to Chelsea Johnson’s grandfather, Robert Hatton, Johnson and her husband, Raymond Johnson Jr., were heading back to Putnam County after Raymond Johnson’s graduation from the police academy in Orange Park.
According to Hatton, Raymond Johnson was following behind his wife when the accident happened.
“I got the news from my son that her husband was, that Chelsea was in a terrible accident and the closer that we got to it you could see the handwriting all over the wall with the coroner’s truck and state cops,” Hatton described.
Troopers are still investigating the exact cause of the accident.