CRESTVIEW — A 19-year-old man was shocked with electricity after he crashed his car into a power pole early Sunday morning.
William Edgar McDonald, of Crestview, was speeding eastbound down Airport Road about 2:30 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He lost control at a sharp left curve just past Fairchild Road.
McDonald’s two-door Nissan spun out along the shoulder, hit a road sign, went into a ditch and then collided head-on with a power pole. The car continued on for about 30 feet before coming to rest in some small brush.
The power pole was knocked down.
A witness who heard the crash heard McDonald revving his engine after hitting the power pole, according to the FHP. The witness approached the wreck and saw McDonald had gotten out of the car and was walking up a hill.
The witness tried to warn McDonald about the downed power lines, but McDonald came in contact with them anyway and was shocked with electricity, which caused significant trauma, the FHP reported.
He was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola in critical condition, the FHP reported.
McDonald was no longer at the hospital late Sunday afternoon, hospital officials reported.
It was unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the FHP. Charges are pending further investigation.