Head-on crash kills 2 from Keystone Heights

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UPDATE (Jan. 25, 2023): After receiving the revised Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, it was the 17-year-old Starke man driving a sedan westbound on County Road 214 at a high rate of speed that crossed into the path of a vehicle traveling eastbound at the intersection of Laredo Street, killing the two Keystone Heights people in the vehicle on Dec. 23.

Both Chantel Leann Castro, 20, and Logan Joshua Ganion, 18, both from Keystone Heights, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Original story:
Two young adults from Keystone Heights died Friday when their vehicle hit another car head on in Clay County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident occurred at 2:40 p.m. near the intersection of County Road 214 and Laredo Street, which is east of Keystone Heights.

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The report said a 20-year-old female from Keystone Heights was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a turn. She crossed the center line and into the path of a sedan driven by an unidentified person.

The two cars hit head on and came to rest on the shoulder. The 20-year-old female driver was pronounced dead at the scene, along with an 18-year-old male passenger, who was also from Keystone Heights.

A 17-year-old male passenger from Starke was taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville and is listed in serious condition. It is unknown whether any of the three occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the other vehicle, for whom FHP provided no identifying information, was also taken to Shands and is in serious condition. That driver was wearing a seatbelt, FHP reported.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to provide the location of the accident.

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Ahlea Williams

Prayers on this holiday for the families of these kids

Mary Lambert

My thoughts and prayers are with the family’s and friends of these young people, and for the young person in the hospital, and for the other driver witch wasn’t identified my thoughts and prayers are with there family and friends also, it very sad when you lose a family member or a friend especially at the holidays, that’s why I’m sending you all my senser condolences and pray that the lord will give you all comfort and peace,may God bless and be with you all.


The 17 year old came to my job today and told me the bad news. So happy he made it out alive bc he is a really good kid

Carlina Hernandez

This whole story is wrong.. Chantel was not at fault for this accident. It was the starke driver.