Driver who fled from crash that killed Bunnell's Carl Gandy identified

The driver was identified as Lester Jackson, 30, of Trenton, who arrived at AdventHealth Daytona Beach seeking medical attention.

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  • | 6:54 p.m. January 27, 2020
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The driver involved in the hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of Bunnell resident Carl Gandy has been identified, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Carl Gandy, 56, was driving his 2018 Ford pick-up east on State Road 40 with passenger Rena Gandy, 46, of Bunnell, at around 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

Lester Jackson, 30, of Trenton, was driving a 2009 semi truck westbound on SR 40. For an unknown reason, according to FHP's report, Jackson traveled into the eastbound lane and struck the front of Carl Gandy's vehicle head-on. Jackson's semi left the roadway and struck a tree. Carl Gandy's vehicle caught fire after impact. Rena Gandy was able to escape the vehicle. Jackson fled the scene on foot. 

On Monday, Jan. 27, FHP said Jackson arrived at AdventHealth Daytona Beach at 3 a.m. seeking medical attention. He told troopers that after the crash, he became disoriented and traveled into the woods, according to FHP.

It is first degree felony to leave the scene of a crash where a person has died, punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison, and minimum of four years.


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