Three Identified in Fatal Four-Vehicle Crash in Paisley

File Photo - Florida Highway Patrol
File Photo - Florida Highway Patrol

PAISLEY — Troopers have identified three of the people involved in a fatal crash that occurred in Paisley early Saturday morning leaving one dead and two hospitalized.

According to reports, 35-year-old Joseph Furguson was traveling eastbound on County Road 42 near NFS (National Forest Service) Road 545-A when for an unknown reason, Furguson’s 2004 Dodge pickup truck traveled into the westbound lane directly into the path of three other vehicles.

James Koon, 57, was traveling eastbound on County Road 42 when Furguson traveled into his lane. Koon, who was driving a 1986 Ford sedan and hauling a trailer, attempted to avoid colliding with Furguson, however, Furguson’s vehicle struck Koon and his trailer.


During the collission, Koon’s trailer struck a power pole causing the power lines to fall down.

The second vehicle, a 2017 Ford SUV driven by 51-year-old Thomas Livingston also attempted evasive maneuvers and left the roadway and came to a stop in a ditch.

Furguson then collided head-on with a third vehicle, a 1997 Dodge pickup truck injuring the driver and killing the passenger.

The driver of the third vehicle, a 71-year-old Paisley man whose name has not yet been released, was airlifted to Central Florida Regional Hospital with critical injuries.

The passenger of the third vehicle who has also not yet been identified pending next-of-kin notification was pronounced dead at the scene by the Medical Examiner.

Livingston and Koon both received minor injuries and were treated by first responders.

Furguson was also airlifted to Central Florida Regional Hospital after suffering serious injuries during the collision.

According to troopers, charges are pending against Furguson and the crash remains under investigation.

The report also indicated that the two unidentified victims and Furguson were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.