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Police chase ends with 3 dead in Live Oak

2:53 PM, Nov 29, 2013   |    comments
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LIVE OAK, Fla. -- Three people died Thursday morning after the car they were traveling in crashed while fleeing police. 

The chase started at a Live Oak McDonald's, according to Florida Highway Patrol. 

Suwannee County Sheriff's Office was called to the restaurant on US 129 near I-10 on an active disturbance call.

The vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with four passengers inside, fled the parking lot and hit another vehicle when police arrived, according to FHP.

The car traveled south on US 129, SCSO followed. 

When the car tried to turn right on Spruce Street, the driver lost control, spun out and crashed into a building on Ohio Avenue around 1 a.m., according to FHP.

The driver, Lonnie Lavern Freeman, 20, and passenger Patrelle J. Strokes, 16, were pronounced dead on the scene. 

Two other passengers, Shiateria Wimbash and Kwon Lavell Matthews, were transferred by air to UF Health Shands in Gainesville. Wimbash, 20, died early Friday morning. Matthews, 23, is in serious condition.

The crash in under investigation by FHP and updates will follow when more information becomes available. 

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