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JONESVILLE -- A 17-year-old Archer girl died Sunday after sustaining incapacitating injuries in a car accident Friday when her 1997 Ford truck slammed into a fully loaded dump truck on County Road 241 in Jonesville.

Danielle Joy Giesler was transported to Shands at the University of Florida by Alachua County Emergency Medical Service after the accident but she later died from her injuries.

Martha Taylor Green, 68, of Gainesville, was attempting to make a left turn northbound onto County Road 241 from the intersection at Southwest 15th Avenue at about 2:20 p.m. when the accident happened.

Giesler was driving southbound on County Road 241 approaching the same intersection, but Green allegedly failed to notice Giesler’s car.

According to reports, Green violated Giesler’s right-of-way by turning without yielding. Giesler attempted to evade a collision with Green by steering her vehicle to the right, but she then lost control of her truck and traveled into the northbound lane of the road.

Jerry T. Cummings, 38, of Morriston, was driving a fully-loaded dump truck northbound at the time that Giesler’s vehicle drove into his path.

Giesler’s truck then collided head-on with the dump truck, causing the Giesler’s truck to crumple and spin around until facing east and coming to a stop on the shoulder of the road.

Alachua County EMS teams worked to extract Giesler from her crushed vehicle before transporting her to Shands at UF, where she died Sunday morning.

No one else was injured in the accident.

”It’s just one of those terrible things that you wish you could change,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Burroughs said. “Small mistakes can turn into big problems. It was a pretty nasty scene.”


DAPHNE, Alabama - A Daphne High School sophomore killed in a rollover crash Wednesday evening was apparently using a cell phone while driving and that may have led her to lose control of the car, police said Thursday.

Chelsea Ann Bragg, 16, was headed west on U.S. 90 between Bayview Drive and Baldwin County 13 around 5:30 p.m. when the 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue she was driving veered off the north shoulder of the road, Daphne police said in a news release.

She "appeared to jerk the steering wheel to get back on the road," and the car rolled twice, landing upright in the highway and blocking both directions of traffic, according to police.

Investigators believe that Bragg was talking on her cell phone or using it to send a text message at the time of the wreck, according to Daphne Police Capt. Scott Taylor.

"And factor in that this person's only 16. An inexperienced driver being distracted by using the cell phone -- that just makes it more of a risk that something could happen," said Taylor, head of the department's traffic division.

Bragg was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:10 p.m., according to Baldwin County Deputy Coroner Stan Vinson. A passenger in the car, a 16-year-old girl whose name was not released because of her age, was taken to Thomas Hospital in Fairhope with minor injuries, police said. Information about her medical condition was not available Thursday.

Bragg was not wearing her seat belt, according to Taylor, who said Bragg "definitely would've had a greater chance of walking away" had she been wearing one. The passenger in the car was wearing a seat belt, Taylor said.

There was no indication that speed, alcohol or drugs played a role in the wreck, according to Taylor.


AURORA - An Eaglecrest High School student who was found dead at an Aurora home Sunday had trouble walking and was stumbling before he passed out, according to the teenager who called police to report him dead.

Aurora police are calling the death of 16-year- old Brandon Bates suspicious, although they say there were no signs of trauma or foul play when they found him about 11:30 a.m.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy Monday, but said they are waiting for the toxicology results to determine a cause of death.

Benji Christiansan, a sophomore at Eaglecrest, said that when he woke up Sunday he found his classmate dead, lying on the bed across from him.

"There was nothing I could do to save him," said Christiansan, who said he only knew Bates from the times they passed each other in the school hallways.

About 4 a.m. Sunday, Christiansan said a friend brought Bates to his home in the 3800 block of South Genoa Court, telling him Bates had taken some pills and asking if Bates could sleep at his house.

According to Christiansan, Bates' friends are saying the teenager had chased the pills down with alcohol hours before he died.

Christiansan's mother, Debbie, said she wasn't home when Bates arrived because she works at night and didn't get home until about 5:40 a.m.

"So I woke up to the fire department coming to my house and my son telling me, 'I'm sorry,' " she said.

Christiansan said her son told her Bates was brought into the house through a window and was having trouble keeping his balance.

"I was panicking most of the time; I didn't know what to do," Benji Christiansan said.


BOULDER, Colo. -- A teenager who drove her car into the path of an ambulance died when she was broadsided in Boulder Monday evening.

The accident happened at 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of 30th Street and Euclid Avenue.

According to police, a Pridemark Paramedic Services ambulance was traveling southbound on 30th Street with its emergency lights and siren activated. A black Honda Civic traveling eastbound on Euclid Avenue attempted to turn onto northbound 30th Street when it was struck on the driver's side by the ambulance.

The female driver of the Honda was transported to the hospital but died. She was the only occupant in that vehicle and was identified as Hannah Nicole Bauer Boemker, 16, of Lafayette, Colo.

Hannah worked as part of the dining room wait staff at the Golden West Senior Residence Center two blocks away from the crash scene. She was on her way home from her part-time job when she pulled out in front of the ambulance, police said.

"I was sitting in my living room and I heard some sirens coming down the street and then I heard the crash at the end of the block," said witness Trey Miler.

The impact of the ambulance shoved Hannah's car 85 feet down the street and up and over a curb.

The male driver of the ambulance was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and released. A second paramedic in the ambulance did not need medical assistance. The ambulance was going to a call and there were no patients inside at the time, according to police.


DENVER (AP) — A 17-year-old fulfilling a dream to learn rodeo died after a horse rolled on top of him during his first bucking bronco ride, his family said.

Stuart Mazanec died Wednesday from organ damage, four days after the accident at a weekend rodeo clinic in Byers, about 30 miles east of Denver.

‘‘It was his first and last ride,’’ said his mother, Pam Mazanec.

Stuart Mazanec was a senior at Douglas County High School south of Denver and active in 4-H, and rodeo had caught his attention, said Jay Brentner, a family friend and veteran rodeo rider.

‘‘I’d tell him stories about all the rodeos I’ve been to, and he thought it was pretty cool,’’ Brentner said.

Mazanec had finished the standard 10-second bareback ride at the rodeo clinic and was trying to get off the bronco when his hand got caught in the rigging around the horse’s neck, said Brentner, who was at the clinic.

Mazanec tried to run alongside the horse, but the animal staggered, tripped and landed atop of him, Brentner said. When the horse got up, the teen was hanging limply at its side, he said.

After he was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Mazanec managed to speak despite a broken jaw, Pam Mazanec said.

‘‘The first thing he told me was, ‘Mom, don’t cry,’” she said.

By Wednesday, his body began to fail, and the family decided to remove life-support that night after consulting with doctors and a priest, she said.

Pat Bohlender-Lowe of the Colorado State High School Rodeo Association said she could recall only one other fatality in youth rodeo in Colorado, a bull-riding accident about 20 years ago.

‘‘People sometimes forget what a rough sport it is,’’ said Brentner. ‘‘But for Stuart, the one thing he always wanted to try ended up being the thing that killed him.’’


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