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September 2, 2003

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a pedestrian fatality in Destin this afternoon (Tuesday afternoon).

The victim, Fr. Donald L. Cramer (pictured left), age 69 (3-3-1934), of Seagrove Beach, was a priest at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Destin.

Cramer was struck by a westbound Ford pickup truck driven by Julian Ascher Yates, age 42 (10-6-1960), of Fort Walton Beach, a few minutes after 1:00 o'clock this afternoon (Tuesday afternoon). He was thrown more than 100 feet by the impact, coming to rest along the north edge of the roadway in front of "Patios Plus," at 329 East US Highway 98. The crash site is a short distance east of St. Andrew's church.

The exact point of impact has not been established; the incident remains under investigation.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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