Citrus Avenue & Emerald Oaks Fiery Crash

The scene of a two-vehicle crash early May 25 near the intersection of North Citrus Avenue and West Emerald Oaks Drive outside Crystal River. Three people were airlifted to hospitals with traumatic injuries.

More details were released Thursday about a fiery crash that hospitalized three people in late May.

At about 2:30 a.m. on May 25, a gray Lexus RX 350 and its Citrus Springs occupants, driver Brian R. Wagner and passenger Randi Beth Retter, were traveling north on County Road 495 (North Citrus Avenue) north of the intersection with West Emerald Oaks Drive, according to a Florida Highway Patrol crash report. 

At around the same time, Terrell Lamonte Boyd Jr., of Crystal River, was driving a white Chevrolet Sonic south on C.R. 495 and passed over a yellow double-solid line into the northbound lane of C.R. 495 and into the path of the Lexus at an estimated speed of 70 mph, FHP’s report states.

C.R. 495’s posted speed limit in that area is 55 mph.

The vehicles collided head-on just north of West Emerald Oaks Drive, and the Chevrolet came to rest on the eastern side of C.R. 495 before erupting into flames. The Lexus came to rest straddling C.R. 495’s northbound lane and eastern shoulder, according to FHP’s report.

At least one of the motorists was entrapped, according to prior reports.

According to Thursday's report and prior reports, emergency responders airlifted Boyd, 22; Wagner, 54; and Retter, 54, who were all wearing seatbelts, to Ocala Regional Medical Center (ORMC), where they were treated for incapacitating injuries.

ORMC spokeswoman Lauren Debick said Thursday that neither Boyd or Wagner were patients at the hospital, and Retter is listed in stable condition.

FHP cited Boyd for improper passing.

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In case you missed this point ..... The time was 2:30am ....

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