Couple killed, man arrested after Nassau County head-on collision

FHP: Jacksonville man arrested, charged with leaving scene of deadly crash

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist, Roxy Tyler - Web producer, Ronnie Rodgers - Associate Producer

BRYCEVILLE, Fla. - Two people were killed Saturday night in a head-on collision on U.S. 301 in Nassau County, and the driver of the car that hit them is under arrest, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

A white Ford F-250 driven by Shawn Blitchington was headed south on US-301 just after 11 p.m. with no headlights when it crossed into the northbound lane, according to troopers. The pickup collided with a Honda Civic that was heading north.

Troopers said the two people in the Civic, Bailey McKnight, 22, and Ryan Kennedy, 21, died immediately.

Bryceville crashMcKnight's family said that Bailey was eight months pregnant at the time of her death.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help her family to help with arrangements.

Blitchington, 45, of Jacksonville, got out of the truck and ran from the scene before authorities got there, troopers said. He was located by Nassau County Sheriff's deputies not far from the crash and arrested.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, but News4Jax was told he was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with a collapsed lung.

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