Utility pole leaning after car crash

Driver of car that hit power pole on University Boulevard hospitalized

Published On: Jan 31 2013 03:30:34 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 31 2013 10:52:02 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A concrete utility pole damaged by an overnight crash on University Boulevard near Spring Park Road caused traffic delays and power outages early Thursday morning.

A Volkswagen Gulf struck the power pole around 3 a.m. Jacksonville Fire-Rescue reported the driver was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with critical injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver as 23-year-old Sydney Hixon, of Ponte Vedra Beach.

The car was removed from the scene, but JEA responded because the pole was leaning and power was cut to the more than 220 customers in the area while crews could make repairs.

JEA estimated all power would be resolved by 8:15 a.m.

Westbound lanes of University Boulevard were reopened around 5:45 a.m.  Eastbound lanes reopened at 8 a.m.

According to the FHP report, the car was speeding east on University near Interstate 95 when it left the road and struck the poll. Troopers said charges are pending.