15-year-old Trenton boy dies in Alachua County crash


A 15-year-old boy died Friday after an SUV ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

The Florida Highway Patrol says six people were riding in a 2007 Ford Explorer that was headed south on SW 296th Street near Newberry at about 4:20 p.m.

Troopers say the 39-year-old driver, Billy Pumphrey, lost control of the SUV, causing it to cross the highway, strike a utility pole and flip over several times. Pumphrey was taken to UF Health with serious injuries.

Troopers say 15-year-old Damon Michael Pumphrey died at the scene. Four other teens in the vehicle, ranging from 16 to 18 years old, all escaped without injury.

The crash is under investigation.

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