An accident Thursday night that left an SUV overturned and its three occupants ejected onto the highway kept the northbound lanes of Buckman Bridge closed for hours.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 29-year-old William Striglers III was driving a Ford Explorer north on the Interstate 295 bridge over the St. Johns River about 9:30 p.m. and changed lanes into the path of a Kia Optima.
The car struck the SUV, causing it to overturn, ejecting Striglers, 29-year-old Latena Kennon and 2-year-old Alayshia Kennon. All three were seriously injured, with the girl taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center and the two adults taken to Orange Park Medical Center.
Donald Kee, the driver of the pickup, was also seriously injured and hospitalized at St. Vincent's Medical Center. Passenger Kykierston Kee, 5, was not injured.
According to the FHP report, none of the passengers in the SUV were wearing seat belts.
The FHP said Striglers was driving with a license suspended or revoked. Troopers said he has a lengthy history of driving violations, and a judge may consider him to be a habitual offender. This charge is a misdemeanor, and Striglers has a mandatory court appearance, though he was not taken to jail. A judge will decide if he will serve time.
Kee never had a driver's license and was cited for that.
Between the two drivers, six traffic tickets were written, troopers said.