Passenger, unborn twins killed in St. Johns County head-on crash

FHP said driver from St. Augustine was going wrong way on SR 207

Two died and four were injured in a wrong-way crash Saturday night invoving two pickup trucks on S.R. 207. (WJXT)

A man and a set of unborn twins belonging to a second passenger died after a head-on crash of two pickup trucks Saturday night on State Road 207, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Five others were injured in the crash, including the driver who caused the crash.

Troopers said a 31-year-old St. Augustine man was driving the first pickup north in the southbound lanes at 10 p.m. about 4 miles west of I-95 when it struck the second pickup with five people inside.

The wrong-way driver, later identified as Michael Allen Rhein, of St. Augustine, was seriously injured, according to the FHP.

A 29-year-old man from Ohio, a passenger in the second pickup truck, was killed, according to the FHP. That pickup’s driver and his wife, who was 9-months pregnant with twins, their 2-year-old daughter, and a 32-year-old woman from Ohio were injured.

The unborn babies of the driver’s 31-year-old wife were pronounced deceased at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville according to the FHP’s follow-up report. The mother remains in critical condition.

A test for Rhein’s blood-alcohol level was taken and the results are pending.

Correction:The original version of this story said two adults died in the crash, information the FHP has since corrected. News4Jax reported the second fatality was a woman, an editing error.


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