Authorities on Tuesday released the identity of a teenager injured in a crash during the Fourth of July celebration in downtown Inverness July 3, along with details about how the crash occurred.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, 16-year-old Jeffrey Spencer Cheesman was struck by a silver Mercury Grand Marquis at around 9 p.m. on U.S. 41 after walking in front of the vehicle near the intersection of East Grace Street.
Cheesman suffered incapacitating injuries in the crash and was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital. Shands spokeswoman Rossana Passaniti said in an email Tuesday that Cheesman was not listed as a patient.
FHP’s report states Cheesman wasn’t walking in a marked crosswalk when the southbound Mercury, driven by 30-year-old Bailey Rose Nasuta of Inverness, struck him as he was crossing U.S. 41 from the western shoulder near the entrance to the Citrus Plaza.
Nasuta was uninjured.