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Three-vehicle crash leaves Salt Springs man seriously injured

A Salt Springs man was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Marion County.

The crash took place around 9:15 a.m. on County Road 314 near NE 170th Avenue when a 2005 Chevy Cavalier driven by 51-year-old Michael Goodwin crossed over the double yellow center lines and hit the right rear tire of a westbound 2019 International truck driven by 57-year-old George Sachse, of North Port, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

Goodwin’s vehicle then continued to travel in in the westbound lane before slamming into a 2016 Ford Expedition driven by 24-year-old Cody Sparaco, of Jacksonville, the report says.

Goodwin’s car came to rest on the south shoulder of County Road 314, while Sachse drove his truck to a controlled stop on the north shoulder of the roadway. And Sparaco’s SUV ended up facing south in the westbound lane of CR 314.

Both Goodwin and Sachse were transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center. Goodwin, of Salt Springs, suffered serious injuries, while Sachse wasn’t injured in the incident. Sparaco and his passengers, 23-year-old Shane Fahey and 30-year-old Daniel Lambert, both of Jacksonville, also escaped injury.

Goodwin was the only one involved in the cash who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending, the report says.

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