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Police: Wrong-way driver caused fatal wreck

Posted May 20, 2010
Updated May 21, 2010

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— Police said Thursday that a Lee County High School junior died last week when he slammed into a car heading the wrong way on U.S. Highway 1, refuting a witness' statement that the car was parked on the highway.

Josh Britt, 17, was killed late Friday when he collided head-on with a car driven by Anthony Boswell, 48, of Sanford, on northbound U.S. 1 near Wicker Street in Sanford, police said. Boswell also died in the wreck.

A witness in a car traveling behind Britt's car told the state Highway Patrol that Boswell's car was stopped on the highway, facing south with its headlights off.

Sgt. Harold Layton of the Sanford Police Department said, however, that an accident reconstruction determined that Boswell was driving in the wrong direction when the collision occurred.

Police estimated that Britt was driving at 65 mph and Boswell at 58 mph at the time, Layton said.

Police are awaiting toxicology results on Boswell's blood to determine if that could shed light on why he was driving the wrong way on the highway. Authorities haven't been able to corroborate the witness' statement that Boswell's headlights were off at the time of the wreck.

Britt's funeral was held Wednesday in Sanford.

Lee County High Principal Greg Batten said that Britt was a popular student and played as the middle linebacker on the varsity football team.

In the past four years, more than 680 teenagers have been killed in wrecks that the state Highway Patrol investigated.

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  • wildcat May 21, 2010

    The driver that cause this horrible accident should have his license.

    CORRECTION: THE DRIVER THAT CAUSED THIS HORRIBLE ACCIDENT SHOULD HAVE HIS LICENSE TAKEN AWAY FOR A LONG TIME.

  • wildcat May 21, 2010

    The driver that cause this horrible accident should have his license. More than likely he was drinking alcohol.

  • Mugu May 21, 2010

    Either that or the car was stopped and Britt was driving 128mph.

  • newwake May 20, 2010

    If Boswell's car was stopped, how was it going 58 mph? Am I missing something here?

    The witness said it was stopped, the reconstuction team said it was moving. I'm more apt to believe the reconstuction team as they use formaulas based on marks to determine speed.

  • due_whats_right May 20, 2010

    If Boswell's car was stopped, how was it going 58 mph? Am I missing something here?

  • 6079 SMITH W May 20, 2010

    I experienced the same thing 32 years ago, when I was 16.......and I still vividly recall how the perception was that the truck was just sitting there in the dark, in my lane. Half a second later, I realized it was headed straight for me, at a high rate of speed, and I swerved instantly. If not for the fact that it was a full moon in the middle of a fairly thick fog, I would have never seen him coming in the dark and fog.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 20, 2010

    Exactly, Deathrow. That's why the police can easily say that the eyewitness is wrong...simple physics. well...and maybe some of that fun Algebra: "If car A is traveling West at 65 MPH and car B is traveling East at 55 MPH..."

  • blueangelchild2001 May 20, 2010

    Actually, his funeral was held at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford yesterday afternoon at about 4 p.m. His burial was to be today. Over 1300 were in attendance...

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 20, 2010

    creid: "The accident happened on a very wide "beltline" like strip of road. Very clear cut as to which side of the road is which."

    In the daylight, it would have been easy for this boy to see the oncoming vehicle on HIS SIDE of the road. But at night, with NO LIGHTS on the oncoming car, probably didn't see the car until the instant right before impact.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 20, 2010

    hereandnow99, did you read the article? Police did indeed use accident recreation and calculate the second vehicle was moving at 50 or so MPH.

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