Buckman Bridge crash victim identified

By Crystal Moyer, Morning assignment desk, backup traffic reporter, cmoyer@wjxt.com
Published On: Jul 17 2014 08:51:56 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 17 2014 07:33:36 PM EDT

Many are talking about the safety of the Buckman Bridge where a wreck sent a pickup truck and its driver into the river. That accident brought back memories of another deadly crash in February of 2010. 41-year-old Luma Kajy was killed when her SUV was knocked over the concrete barrier on the bridge by a drunk driver.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The victim from Wednesday morning's fatal crash on the Buckman Bridge has been identified as 48-year-old William Maddox, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP report, released Thursday morning, said Maddox was a resident of Tampa.

Maddox was driving a pickup truck that spun off the side of the Buckman Bridge about 7:30 a.m. after it was struck by a Toyota Scion that lost control trying to stop for slowing traffic.

"It was devastating to see the actual black truck just drop over the bridge," said witness Artesha Toliver. "It was a serious sight to see."

The northbound lanes of the Buckman Bridge were closed for hours Wednesday morning during a search and recovery effort involving several agencies, including the Coast Guard, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Navy.

Maddox's body was found just before noon at the bottom of the river about 25-30 feet from where the pickup was recovered from the water.

The FHP said the accident remains under investigation.

Troopers said charges are pending against 22-year-old Andrew McPhun, the driver of the Scion. (FHP initially said McPhun was 21.)

McPhun has had four citations previously for speeding in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties.

According to the FHP, there have been 101 traffic crashes on the Buckman Bridge since July 1, 2013.

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