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May 19, 2003

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash in Destin this morning (Monday morning).

Michael Charles Liddic, age 47 (12-1-1955) of St. Petersburg, died after the rental 2003 4-door Mitsubishi Galant he was driving was struck broadside on Emerald Coast Parkway at the intersection of Matthew Boulevard. Liddic's passenger, Madeleine Nelson, age 32 (5-26-1970), of Washington state, was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The driver of the other vehicle, Jacob Matthew McKelvey, age 22 (11-6-1980), of Niceville, was taken to Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville. Neither Nelson's nor McKelvey's injuries are considered life-threatening.

The crash happened at approximately 6:40 this morning when McKelvey's 1999 Ford pickup, westbound on Emerald Coast Parkway (US Highway 98), apparently ran a red light at the Matthew Boulevard intersection, striking the Liddic car on the driver's door. Liddic was in the process of making a left turn onto eastbound Emerald Coast Parkway.

The crash happened during inclement weather. Charges are pending completion of the investigation.


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420