Saturday, March 17, 2012

Dog In Road Causes Car Crash - Kills 19-Year-Old In Merritt Island


MERRITT ISLAND, Florida  -- The Florida Highway Patrol is reporting that 19-year-old Sam Crane if Merritt Island died in a motor vehicle accident that occurred at 9:22 p.m. last night near the intersection of North Banana River Drive and Morgan Drive in Merritt Island, Florida.

According to FHP, 69-year-old Barbara Lieberman of Cape Canaveral was driving her 2003 Jaguar northbound on North Banana River Drive when a dog ran out in front of the Jaguar.  Lieberman veered left to avoid hitting the dog and crossed over the double yellow lines.





The front of the Jaguar struck the dog.  The front left portion of the Jaguar struck the left front of a 1984 Chevy pickup driven by Crane.  The impact caused the pickup to overturn and come to a rest on its roof.  


According to Brevard County Fire Rescue Public Information Lieutenant Jeffrey Taylor, fire rescue crews were dispatched to the area of 1040 N. Banana River Dr. in Merritt Island for a reported two vehicle collision with possible entrapment.  The first arriving engine reported finding the truck with heavy damage on its roof.  Crane was heavily entrapped.  The Jaguar reportedly had moderate damage.  North Banana River Drive was closed in both directions for about an hour while crews worked to free the victim.

Both Crane and the dog died at the scene.





Crane's passenger, 17-year-old Laura Hall of Merritt Island suffered minor injuries and was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital.  Lieberman suffered minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

A makeshift memorial is growing at the intersection of Morgan Drive and N. Banana River Drive.

THIS CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND CHARGES ARE PENDING.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

69-year-old Barbara Lieberman caused the crash, not the poor mutt.

Anonymous said...

I love animals but the animal should be hit rather than swerving into another car.

Anonymous said...

There's a leash law in Brevard!! The owner of the dog is 100% at fault.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Sam We love you soo much.

Anonymous said...

It breaks my heart that young man died to try and save a dog. I love dogs but my goodness not as much as to risk a life. My brother died in very similiar fashion. Makes me cry. RIP SAM CRANE.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, charges are "pending". She'll get careless or reckless not vehicular homicide and she'll get to keep driving to kill someone else another day.

Anonymous said...

We all love you soo much Sam take care of Jason and we will see you both again someday. You were truely loved by so many both of you. It is a very sad and tragic year for your family and your friends you are all in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

RIP we love and miss u so much wish u were still here with us

Anonymous said...

The dog did not overturn the truck. The driver of the Jaguar crossed the line causing the crash. Please understand cause and effect.

Anonymous said...

RIP sam we miss you and love you. it wasnt your time.

Anonymous said...

This is a tragedy!!! This young man was an angel the kind we need in our crazy world. Make sure you hug your kids today because you never know what will take them from you. He influenced his peers in a positive way always willing to offer a hand or a hug. The parents of his peers loved him for the man he had become; he was such a great guy

Anonymous said...

i drive this road everyday. stupid woman didn't want to hurt her precious jag with a dog. she could of gone to the right instead of into on coming traffic. throw the book at her! hope she feels guilty for the rest of her life. how fast was she going anyway that she flipped a car??? the speed limit there is 35 and she flipped a truck! no excuses for her and her stupid jag! and why wasn't the dog on a leash? still ain't the dogs fault it that damn ladies fault she should of taken more care and done the speed limit!

Anonymous said...

Did u ever think that she seen the dog and swerved to avoid it. I'm sure if it had to do with not wanting to damage her presious car like u say she wouldnt of swerved into an on comming truck! The average person trys to avoid hitting something when there driving and u usually don't try to swerve to the rite where u can go off the road and possibly cause more damage or lose control and hit something like a house! As far as her speeding, 35 is plenty fast to flip a truck. A jag is low to the ground and a truck is high. Its like hittin a ramp! Ur quick to set judgement on that poor lady who has to live wit that poor kid dying and thinkin its her fault. I hope ur never involved in something like that cause karmas a bitch, and with the sound of ur ignorance from ur comment, they'll throw the book at u!

Anonymous said...

sooo ur saying its alright to take a humans life rather than a dogs??? come on now u sound like an idiot and even if u see a car in the other lane and the dog why wouldnt u just run it over??? damn thats common since even though its going to suck knowing that she should have just ran over the dog instead of take a kids life when he has soo many more years to live....Smh! RIP-SAM CRANE

Anonymous said...

I never said its alrite to take a life over a dog, just simply stating that the lady wasn't worryin about her car. The dog darted out in front of her and its a natural reflex to swerve to avoid something in ur path. U don't have time to look, u just react, that's why its called an accident. Whoever posted that comment made it sound like the lady did it on purpose. I'm no expert but I don't think she'd rather hit an oncomming truck to avoid a dog, she could've killed herself. I don't think its rite to say " I hope she feels guilty for the rest of her life" the person who wrote that clearly is rude and judgmental and thinks they "know it all" I no its tragic that the boy died, but why make it worse on the survivor.

Anonymous said...

You will be missed greatly! I didnt know you that well but everytime i did talk to you you were one of the nicest dudes i talked to.. you will deffinetly never be forgotten bro!

Anonymous said...

that area always has accidents because everyone goes way too fast. the speed limit changes back and forth from 20 to 35mph and if both were doing the speed limit I really doubt that there would have been any deaths. it seems like the jag was going a tad too fast like maybe 40mph or more and that's why she hit the truck and killed the boy. if she was doing the speed limit she would have had plenty of time to avoid the dog and the truck. women in jag needs to be arrested for vehicular manslaughter she was speeding there's no other way that the accident could have happened.

Anonymous said...

Should be "On Merritt Island," not "In Merritt Island." You call yourselves journalists?

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

Seatbelts save lives. So Sorry for your loss. I wish we could turn back time and teach kids not to drive or ride with drivers who don't have or use the basic safety equipment-like a simple seatbelt. What a horrible and completely avoidable tragedy. My heart goes out to the survivors. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

yeah, that poor old lady...oh shut up.

Anonymous said...

You all are so fast to defend the kid that died because he was "your friend, a good kid, an angle, etc etc etc". Maybe he was...but do you honestly all think the woman really intended to kill a person over a dam dog. Of, wait, ..she drives a Jag so she must be some rich b*tch that didn't want dog blood all over her car.
Please, wake the heck up people.
When your driving down a road and ANYTHING runs out in front of you, you have a split second to react and almost always the reaction is to swerve in the opposite direction of where the "something" is running into the road from. I've been there......done that. If soomething runs into the road from the left...you swerve right....if it runs into the road from the right...you swerve left. She did nothing wrong. I've worked for the highway department for 29 years and have seen and been at every type of accident imaginable. I've worked with investigators and accident reconstruction.....and in the clean-up and removal process. A 25-30mph crash head on will most certainly do a lot of damage and easily flip a truck.
It's a terrible tragedy what happened, but if you all want to put blame......put it to the dogs owner for not keeping it contained.........not the woman in the Jag. I seriously hope none of you ever have to make a split decision to avoid hitting anything. And if this should happen to you and you accidentally kill someone I want you all to remember how fast you all were to place fault here.......My thoughts go out to all those who were affected by this tragedy.

Anonymous said...

That's why you they should make it a law to get a new drivers liscence every year. no matter what. no one swerves to miss something in the road, they slow down and look and maybe even help to stop it from getting hit or killing something, you're the idiot here. the lady is definitely at fault. RIP SAM CRANE<3

Anonymous said...

wrong, if you're smart, you slow the hell down.

Anonymous said...

The lady was rude!!! She sat in a chair and kept complaining about her new car! She didn't even care about a kid being dead! I was there and was not close to Sam but the way she acted is where she was wrong! She didn't have a heart that's the hardest! R.I.P Sam!

Anonymous said...

It is almost 7 mounths after the accident and not one day goes by without thinking about him! He was like a brother to me i cry every morning, night any time some one says his name! That lady should of had her licence taken away! I go to his cross almost ever week and the 16th of every mounth i miss him so much!
'ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG'
We have the same birthday but he was 6 years older and he died 15 days after are birthday that we celebrated together! He told on are birthday that he would take me hunting on the 24 of march and i was looking forwad to it than i got the call that he was in an accident and i cried for hours when i woke up i though it was all a dream but when i called him in the morning he didnt answer that is when it hit me! It wasnt a bad dream! RIP SMFC 3-1-93/ 3-16-12 We miss you bro!♥♥♥♥


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