NEWBERRY – A 48-year-old Newberry man lost his life late Saturday evening in a single-vehicle accident.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, Tracy Eugene Tindall was driving his white 2005 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, traveling north on U.S. Highway 27, four miles south of Newberry, at 10:45 p.m.
For unknown reasons, Tindall's truck veered off the roadway onto the left (westernmost) sloped shoulder where its front left side side-swiped a large tree, impacting the entire left side of the vehicle's cab and encroaching heavily into the driver's side door and truck compartment, tearing the door off the frame.
The truck was then induced into a sharp, counter-clockwise rotation, where it then came to rest in the adjacent tree line.
During the course of the rotation, Tindall's unbelted body was partially ejected from the compromised driver's side door, and was found adjacent to it.
Alachua County Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the collision and pronounced Tindall dead upon their arrival. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
At this time, FHP has not determined whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.
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