DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Two people are dead and one person is seriously injured following a wrong-way head-on collision in Walton County on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the DeFuniak Springs Police Department, 35-year-old Joshua Lawayne Evans of Ponce de Leon was driving his Jeep at a high rate of speed, going east in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 90. Police say Evans' Jeep collided with a minivan driven by 64-year-old Janice Marie Reeser, of DeFuniak Springs, on U.S. Highway 90 in between Davis Lane and Norwood Road. First responders arrived on scene to find the Jeep overturned.
Evans was pronounced dead on the scene. Reeser was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with serious injuries, while her passenger, 89-year-old Elaine Teresa Briant, was transported to Healthmark Regional Medical Center where she later died from her injuries.
Witnesses and video evidence indicated the Jeep was speeding and in the wrong lane, according to police.
Eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 90 were closed for approximately three hours while public safety officials investigated the incident. The investigation is ongoing.