UNF graduate killed in I-295 crash

Florida Highway Patrol investigating deadly crash near Buckman Bridge


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 22-year-old man was killed in a three-vehicle crash early Saturday evening on Interstate 295, just west of Buckman Bridge, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers on Monday identified him as Greg Yutuc, of St. Johns. His father told News4Jax that was Yutuc was a graduate of the University of North Florida.

The fatal crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday and closed all southbound lanes of I-295 near U.S. 17/Roosevelt Boulevard for several hours.

According to the Highway Patrol, a Pontiac G6 traveling south on I-295 struck the rear of a Hyundai Elantra. Troopers said the driver of the Pontiac then steered into the direct path of a Toyota Sienna, causing the Toyota to overturn and cross the guardrail into the northbound lanes.

Yutuc, a passenger in the Toyota, was ejected and died at the scene, troopers said. The FHP report shows he was not wearing a seat belt. 

According to FHP, Yutuc's father was taken to Orange Park Medical Center with serious injuries. Yutuc's mother, who was driving the Toyota, and a 10-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A 20-year-old passenger was reportedly uninjured, but was also taken to the hospital.

The 21-year-old Orange Park woman who was driving the Pontiac and the 22-year-old passenger in the Hyundai were hospitalized with minor injuries, troopers said. The driver of the Hyundai, a 28-year-old Jacksonville man, was reportedly uninjured. 

Troopers said they're still investigating why the Pontiac hit the Hyundai.

Charges are pending, according to the Highway Patrol.