A Chipley High School Senior is in critical condition, and a Panama City Beach man has died after a violent crash sent a car airborne, flying through utility wires and tree branches.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, Garry Michael Morris, 47, of Panama City Beach, was traveling north on County Road 169 in Jackson County in a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette at 8:47 p.m. on Wednesday when the vehicle left the east shoulder of the road.
After the Corvette left C.R. 169 (Peanut Road), it collided with a culvert, launching airborne in a northerly direction, traveling through utility wires and colliding with tree branches. The vehicle came to a final rest on its roof facing south in the front lawn of a residence.
Morris was pronounced dead at the scene. Chipley High School Senior Jonathan Eric Malloy, 18, was transported to Southeast Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama, where he is listed in critical condition.
Malloy's family reports the popular CHS football player suffered a traumatic head injury, as well as broken neck, back, and sternum.
"By the grace of God he is alive," said a family representative. "We would like to thank everyone for all the visits, prayers, and texts, and we ask that prayers continue as he will need them for a long road of recovery."
Alcohol was not related to the crash, according to the release.