Skateboard-carrying man charged with leaving crash scene near Reddick

Mark Christian Powell

A 20-year-old Tallahassee man was charged with leaving the scene of a three-car crash he reportedly caused on Interstate 75 near Reddick.

An off-duty Florida Highway Patrol sergeant who was traveling northbound on I-75 came upon the accident and standstill traffic at around 6 a.m. Thursday at mile marker 365, three miles south of the C.R. 318 exit. As he approached crash scene, the sergeant activated his emergency lights and noticed a white male wearing a black shirt and carrying a skateboard walking southbound away from scene, according to the FHP report.

The drivers of the other two vehicles and two independent witnesses told the sergeant that the man with the skateboard, later identified as Mark Christian Powell, was the driver of the at-fault vehicle. They said after the crash, Powell took several items from his black Volkswagen and walked away carrying the skateboard, the report said.

A be-on-the-lookout order (BOLO) was issued for Powell, who was still carrying the skateboard when he was picked up at mile marker 363. He had the key to a Volkswagen that was registered to his father in law, according to the report.

Damage to the vehicles was consistent with statements from the other drivers and witnesses that Powell had swerved from the right lane to the left lane and collided with the other two vehicles, the report said.

Powell was arrested and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was released from the Marion County Jail early Saturday on $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 10.