Medical episode leads to SGI mishap

A 51-year-old Panama City man, stricken by a medical issue while driving on St. George Island Thursday morning, got caught up in a collision with trees along the roadway.

According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, at about 9:05 a.m. the man was driving a pickup truck west on Leisure Lane. near Park Avenue when the incident occurred. on St. George Island. Also in the truck was a 36-year-old man from Lithonia, Georgia and a 24-year-old man from Panama City. 

The release said the driver “suffered a medical episode … and brought (the truck) to a complete stop in the roadway for a brief moment.”

The truck then began to slowly travel off of the roadway to the left. And when it did, its front left bumper struck several small standing trees and brush before coming to rest facing north in the brush.

All three men were wearing seatbelts at the time. No further information was provided regarding any emergency response or the condition of the driver.

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