Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
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UPDATED STORY: Sebring community shaken by Saturday crash


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SEBRING -Glenn and Helen Kessler are not the only Fairmount Mobile Estates' residents now taking extra precautions walking in their Sebring retirement community across from Walmart.

So are Max Tate and Kris Farris, who was walking his dog Jo-Jo Sunday on one of the inside park roads, away from Seattle Avenue, where a pickup truck ran into four pedestrians at 8 a.m. Saturday, killing two and seriously injuring the others, authorities said in a report Saturday.

Holly S. Fadely, 62, and Allen Wilson, 60, were killed, Florida Highway Patrol said Saturday. James Amos, 73, remained in serious condition at Florida Hospital Heartland Saturday afternoon while William R. Fadely, 62, and Holly's husband, was in critical condition at the same hospital Saturday, authorities added.

Their condition Sunday was not known.

Farris, who knows the Fadelys -- part-time residents from Indiana -- was shaken by the news, remembering the couple as "very, very nice people" who brought treats for Jo-Jo and chatted with him when they walked by his house.

"They walked all the time," he said.

It's unclear whether Amos lived at Fairmount Estates, but Wilson owned a house there, county records showed.

The Kesslers, who were walking their dog Sunday morning, said the Fadelys, who they didn't know by name, walked a lot and often smiled and waved to them when they encountered them on those strolls.

"Everyone is devastated," Helen Kessler said.

The accident happened at Seattle and Illinois avenues.

The driver, Gregory Tocci, 54, of Sebring, was reported in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon, according to the FHP report.

According to FHP, Tocci was going south on Seattle Avenue, approaching the four, who were walking north on the west side of the road, north of Illinois Avenue. They saw the approaching pickup and stepped on the west shoulder and continued walking north.

For unknown reasons, the Ford traveled onto the west shoulder, the FHP said. The front of the truck struck the four, entered back on the road and continued south, approaching Delaware Avenue, the FHP added.

The driver missed a left turn and continued straight, hitting a large concrete power pole, authorities added. FHP said it is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Tate said he has not seen speeding on Seattle Avenue, but Glenn Kessler said drivers sometimes ignore the stop sign on the road, which skirts the back of businesses along that portion of U.S. 27.

"We are taking precautions walking," Helen and Glenn Kessler said. They intend to walk in the mobile home park and stay north of the back of Marathon gas station on Seattle Avenue, if they happen to go there.

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