Driver of Jeep that crashed into St. Augustine Beach house dies

Published On: Oct 09 2012 12:41:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 09 2012 05:09:51 PM EDT

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Grant Ness from 2008 arrest


The driver who plowed his Jeep through a home in St. Augustine Beach last week died over the weekend.

Grant Ness, 34, had been in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center since the crash in the early morning hours of Oct. 1.

Police were called to 2401 Hydrangea Street about 2 a.m., where Ness and two people inside the house were injured when the Jeep crashed into the side of the home.

Brian Hubble, 36, and Jennifer Lyles, 33, were both in serious but non-life-threatening condition after the Jeep crashed into the bedroom where they were sleeping.

Police said Ness lost control of the Jeep and drove through a fence in the front yard, then sideswiped a truck before crashing into the master bedroom of the house. Investigators said alcohol and speed were considered factors in the crash. Ness was not wearing a seat belt.

State records show Ness had 12 driving citations and arrests in Florida dating back to 1995. The charges included DUI, riding a bicycle while intoxicated, and speeding.

In 1995, Ness got a ticket for having an open container while driving. The following year, he got a DUI while on a bicycle, and in 2004 he was charged with the leaving the scene of an accident. In 2006, he got another DUI, and over the last three years, he's been given five speeding tickets in St. Johns County.

Hubble and Lyles are left to deal with insurance and construction companies as they won't be able to live in the home for some time.


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