Mother dies, husband, daughter critically injured in Hastings crash


ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Traffic homicide detectives are investigating after a deadly crash Saturday afternoon in Hastings.

Investigators said the crash happened at about 4:35 p.m. near the intersection of Cracker Swamp Road and J. Flake Road.

The crash involved a truck and car. Detectives said the truck ran a stop sign and crashed into the other car.

The passenger of the car, Tracy Lynn Stern, 45, died at Putnam Medical Center. The driver of the car, Charles Stern, 47, and a third passenger, who is the driver's daughter, Kaitlyn Stern, 10, were flown to a nearby trauma center were they remain in critical condition.

The driver of the truck, Jacob Trey Germain, 19, was not hurt, but his passenger, Wayne Langston, 19, was taken to Flagler Hospital with minor injuries.

Detectives are still investigating. It's unclear if Germain will face charges.