Single vehicle accident in Beacon Hill results in fatality

An 85 year-old Port St. Joe man was killed in a single vehicle accident near U.S. 98 and Cowries Street in Beacon Hill on Friday at around 12:37 p.m. EST.

According to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol, the vehicle swerved off the road and collided with the steps of a home after the driver suffered what investigators believe was a medical emergency.

The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Gulf County Sheriff’s Department deputies were on the scene assisting FHP. The FHP Traffic Hommicide Team arrived on scene and will be conducting an investigation.

U.S. 98 is currently open to traffic.

This report has been updated from an earlier version to include information released by FHP. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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