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Father killed, 2 children hurt in Cassat Avenue crash, Jacksonville police say

‘These poor kids lost their father right in front of them on Father’s Day’

Police say a 40-year-old man man is dead after crashing into a fence off Cassat Avenue, with his two kids in the car.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man was killed and his two children were injured in a crash on Father’s Day on the city’s Westside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Rich Buoye, with the JSO Traffic Homicide Unit, said a Ford Fusion was traveling north on Cassat Avenue about 10 a.m. when the car lost control as it passed the Park Street intersection, crossed southbound Cassat Avenue, ran off the road and collided with a cyclone fence. Buoye said the driver, a 40-year-old Jacksonville man, died at the scene.

Buoye said the man’s two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, were in the back seat of the car at the time. Buoye said the boy received a minor head injury and the girl received cuts and scrapes. He said they were both transported to an area hospital for treatment and were in physically good condition.

“Please let’s remember this family and your thoughts and prayers today,” Buoye said. “These poor kids lost their father right in front of them on Father’s Day.”

Buoye said excessive speed may have played a part in the crash. He also added that the roads were “soaked” and “slippery.”

There were some downed wires following the crash, and Cassat Avenue was shut down in the area of Yerkes Street for several hours.

A witness told News4Jax that his electricity went out, so he went outside to see what happened. He said he noticed a power cable lying on the car, saw what happened to the driver and heard the children scream. He said he called 911.

The witness also said one officer on scene risked her life by crossing the wire to get into the car to rescue one of the children.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, more than 100 people have died on Jacksonville roads in 2021.

“Nothing is more precious than life, and nothing is so important that we have to drive beyond our means or too fast or too fast for conditions,” Buoye said. “So drive safe, be careful and let’s arrive alive.”

About the Author:

Brie Isom joined the News4JAX team in January 2021 after spending three years covering news in South Bend, Indiana.