Jacksonville man dies, woman injured after car crashes into tree, catches fire


A man died and a woman is in critical condition after their car crashed into a tree and caught fire near Otter Creek Friday.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened about 7:25 p.m. Friday on State Road 24, east of NE 16th Terrace in Levy County.

Troopers say the 2015 Hyundai Sonata was eastbound on State Road 24 when, for unknown reasons, it ran off the road and struck a tree, igniting in flames.

Troopers say passerbys stopped and pulled out the driver, 51-year-old Lisa Love of Ponte Vedra Beach, but could not remove the passenger. Troopers say 49-year-old Howard Savage II died at the scene.

Love was flown to UF Health in critical condition.

The wreck is under investigation.

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