Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crash Injures 3 from Bishop Kenny; Sophomore's Condition Critical; 2 Treated, Released

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Crash Injures 3 from Bishop Kenny; Sophomore's Condition Critical; 2 Treated, Released

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Byline: BRIDGET MURPHY

Three Bishop Kenny High School students were hurt, one critically, when authorities said their car collided with a tractor-trailer in St. Johns County on their way to school Tuesday morning.

Sophomore Elizabeth Elliott, 15, whom schoolmates called a smart and sweet cheerleader, remained in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville hospital Tuesday night.

Elliott was a rear-seat passenger in the 2003 BMW that Bishop Kenny junior Kaleigh Senesac, 17, was driving on County Road 210 shortly before 7 a.m., when authorities said she turned out of a driveway and into the path of the tractor-trailer.

The driver's sister, 15-year-old sophomore Miranda Senesac, was the front-seat passenger. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to cut two of the victims out of the wrecked car before rescuers airlifted the three teenagers to the hospital, St. Johns County fire spokesman Jeremy Robshaw said. The sisters were treated and later released, according to the hospital.

"Me and Miranda are all right," Kaleigh Senesac said on the phone from her family's home about 4 p.m., before declining further comment.

The Florida Highway Patrol said tractor-trailer driver Dwight Moody, 59, of Green Cove Springs, was driving east on County Road 210 when the BMW made a turn out of the private drive to go west and went into his truck's path.

Moody said a few hours after the crash that he didn't need to go to the hospital.

"I'm OK. I've got some scratches on my hands," he said. "I'm pretty shook up right now."

Reached at home, Moody's daughter Toni Walls, 36, said her father hauls rocks in his current job and has been driving a tractor-trailer almost all his life.

Records from the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles show Moody hasn't had a ticket or a crash in at least seven years. Kaleigh Senesac, who got her driver's license 15 months ago, also hasn't had a crash or gotten a ticket, according to state records.

Both drivers and both passengers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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