COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – A 20-year-old Lake City man was killed and two other people were seriously injured in a single-car crash early Sunday in Columbia County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash happened about 1:50 a.m. on State Road 47 at Southwest Ward Lane, just north of Interstate 75.
According to the Highway Patrol, a Kia Optima was traveling north on S.R. 47 when, for unknown reasons, the car went off the road and collided with a utility pole. Troopers said the vehicle ended up in a ditch along S.R. 47 after the collision.
The driver, identified as Matias Ault, died at the scene, troopers said.
The two passengers -- a 20-year-old man and 19-year-old man, both of Lake City -- were taken to Lake City Medical Center with serious injuries, troopers said. The Highway Patrol report shows neither was wearing a seat belt.
A GoFundMe account was created to help Ault’s family during this difficult time.
Kenneth Ault, Matias’ father, said his son had dreams of serving in the military and his being remembered for his creativity, academics and athleticism.
“He was a very alive soul and I am sure he is a screaming through the universe right now,” Kenneth Ault said.
Matias Ault was born and raised in Lake City.
“Super difficult,” Kenneth Ault said. “Lots of personal items. That car was in pieces. I mean, switches, factory stickers, things scattered everywhere.”
Kenneth Ault said his son was heading home after a night out with his longtime friend, Zachary, and his cousin Victor.
They were celebrating Victor leaving for the Army.