A Thursday, April 5, 2012 traffic crash at Emmett Whaley Road and U.S. Highway 319 claimed the life of a 72-year-old Crawfordville man as Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrived on the scene at 2:16 p.m.
Rodger Stephen Smith died in the two vehicle accident which also involved Freeman Pigott, 73, of Crawfordville. FHP troopers are still investigating the crash as the lead agency. The crash impact flipped the Smith vehicle and he was pinned inside the vehicle in an upside down position.
Wakulla firefighters conducted a lengthy extrication and were able to free Smith so that he could be transported to the hospital in Tallahassee. Due to poor weather conditions, Smith and Pigott were transported to the hospital by Wakulla EMS ground transportation. The afternoon rainstorm prevented the launch of a medical helicopter.
Smith died at the hospital several hours later. Pigott’s injuries were not life threatening. Severe damage was reported to both Smith’s SUV and Pigott’s truck.
Wakulla Fire Chief Mike Morgan said EMS and fire personnel did an excellent job with a very difficult extrication. The FHP investigation continues.