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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A two-vehicle crash in southwest Gainesville on Sunday night sent one person to the hospital and forced city police officers to close an area of Southwest 34th Street for two hours.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Southwest 39th Boulevard, said Gainesville Police Spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

A 1999 Lincoln sedan driven by 36-year-old Rasheed Walters slammed into a 2010 Honda from behind at a “high rate of speed.”

The collision caused the cars to spin off the road into nearby woods, Tobias said.

Walters was reportedly pinned inside his car and knocked unconscious. The other driver, 19-year-old William R. Benner III, of Longwood, did not suffer any serious injuries, Tobias said.

When officers and Gainesville Fire Rescue crews arrived, they cut Walters’ car open to get him out. An ambulance then rushed him to UF Health Shands Hospital on the 1500 block of Southwest Archer Road.

Meanwhile, officers halted traffic for two hours along Southwest 34th Street between Southwest 35th Place and Southwest 39th Boulevard.

After Walters arrived at the hospital, doctors listed him in stable condition. A hospital official said Tuesday that Walters had been released from treatment.

Tobias said police were still investigating the crash.

A version of this story ran on page 5 on 9/4/2013 under the headline "Crash on 34th Street closes road for two hours"

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