Monday, October 17, 2016
Nineteen year old Benny Lee Howell of Laurel Hill, FL was the passenger in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning that claimed his life.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, nineteen year old Chase Locke was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling West on Steele Mill Creek Road approximately .4 miles west of CR 393. At approximately 4:30 am Sunday morning Locke failed to maintain control of the truck and drove into a ditch on the North side of the roadway colliding with the embankment. The truck came to rest in the westbound lane of Steele Mill Creek Road.
Locke received minor injuries in the accident and was transported to the North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview. Howell was also transported to the Medical Center in Crestview where he succumbed to his injuries.
Neither Locke nor Howell was wearing seat belts and alcohol is a possible factor in the accident. Charges are pending.