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November 10, 2002

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a one-car traffic crash in Destin that resulted in the death of a teenager late last night (Saturday night).

Dead at the scene was Jacolby Antonio Morris, age 16 (9-3-1986), of 106 Ed Brown Street, Fort Walton Beach. Morris was the passenger in a 2002 Lexus driven by Thomas Edward Cottone, Jr., age 16 (12-3-1985), of 3993 Indian Trail, Destin. Cottone was airlifted from the scene to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Cottone apparently lost control of his car a few minutes before 11:00 Saturday night and ran into a tree in front of a house in the 700 Block of Spring Lake Drive, on a curve near the south end of that street. Spring Lake Drive is a residential street with a speed limit of 25 Miles per Hour.

Circumstances of the incident remain under investigation; excessive speed appears to be a factor. Neither teen was wearing his seat belt at the time of the impact. The driver and passenger were both students at Fort Walton Beach High School.


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420