Inverness woman dies in crash, AK-47 found in car that caused accident, occupant still at-large

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Laura Lee Price Fatal Accident
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Wildwood, FL–On August 22, 2017, at approximately 1:32 PM, Laura Lee Price, 55, of Inverness expired at a Wildwood accident scene near the intersection of County Road 219 and State Road 44 after her vehicle was hit by another vehicle that ran a stop sign.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol official press release, “Wildwood Police officers attempted to stop a white 2007 BMW for a traffic violation; however, the driver failed to stop and fled police. The BMW fled southbound on CR-219 and ran a stop sign at the intersection of SR-44 in Sumter County, Florida. Upon entering the intersection and the path of westbound traffic, the BMW collided first with a 2002 Honda SUV which overturned.”

Price, the driver of the overturned vehicle, sustained fatal injuries. She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.

The driver of the BMW hit two other vehicles, a 2016 Chevy Pickup and a Semi. Once the BMW became inoperable after hitting the Semi, two occupants fled the accident scene on foot. One was apprehended by Wildwood Police. The other is still at-large and authorities are asking for assistance. After the traffic investigation began, an AK-47 was found located in the vehicle.

Currently being sought is an African-American male with braided hair or dreads last seen wearing black/red shorts and a white T-shirt. Anyone with credible information regarding this case or knows the whereabouts of the second occupant is asked to contact Wildwood Police, the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol (*347) or any local Crime Stoppers organization.

An updated FHP press release released at 10:38 PM indicates that Anthony Napoleon Brown, 27, of Ocala, an occupant of the 2007 BMW, has been charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and booked into the Sumter County Jail.

Latest update from FHP: “Confirmed today, August 23rd, with video evidence, Anthony Brown is now listed as the driver of the BMW. In addition to the weapons charge filed by the Wildwood Police Department on August 22nd, the FHP has now charged Brown with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, providing false information regarding a fatal traffic crash, felony murder, driving while license revoked, as well as fleeing and eluding.”

Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on August 22, 2017 at 11:46 PM

Updated on August August 23, 2017 at 5:43 PM

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As of August 31, the second occupant was still at-large. 

 

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