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4-4-17

Fatal crash in Columbia County

According to a report from Sgt. Tomas Dillon of the Florida Highway Patrol, on April 3, 2017 at 10:24 p.m., Derek Varnes, 29, of Lake City, was traveling northbound on US 41 in a 2004 Chevy Tahoe. As he approached NW Cashmere Glen, for unknown reasons, traveled across the southbound lane and continued off the west side of US 41 still traveling in a northerly direction. The vehicle then overturned several times ejecting the driver. Varnes was treated on scene by Century EMS then transported to Shands Lake Shore Hospital. He succumbed to his serious injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:28 p.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.