Fort Walton Beach, FL Auto And Truck Crash, Jun 1957

FIVE PERSONS KILLED IN CAR-TRUCK CRASH AT FORT WALTON.

Crestview, Fla., June 16 - (AP) - The Florida Highway Patrol here reported five persons were killed tonight in a truck-car crash at Fort Walton Beach on the gulf coast.
The patrol said four persons in the car and the driver of the truck, a Negro, were killed.
The victims in the car were:
JOHN THOMAS DOUGLAS, 40;
his wife, VICTORIA, 45;
JACK JOSEPH O'DONALD, 36;
his wife, LENORE ALICE, 36, all of St. Augustine.
The Negro truck driver was unidentified.
The car bore St. Johns County, Fla., license plates.
A 17-year-old boy, HOWARD TONEY, of Sarasota, told newsmen he was a hitchhiking passenger in the truck.
He said the truck swerved to miss a car turning off U.S. 98 and hit an oncoming westbound car head-on. The car burned, he said.
TONEY said he was the only survivor. He said he saw the wreck coming, braced against the dashboard and after the collision jumped out the side. He received only scratches.
The truck was being chased by officers as a result of its Pensacola owner's report that is was taken without his consent.

Panama City News-Herald Florida 1957-06-17