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2 Middleburg teens killed in boating accident

News Release

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Two Middleburg teens were killed in a boating accident on Black Creek in Clay County Monday afternoon.

Travis Hanner (DOB 09/17/93) and Halee Mickey (DOB 10/27/95) were passengers in a boat operated by Ted Hanner (DOB 11/17/61), also of Middleburg, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.

The two teens were seated in the front of the boat. The operator stepped to the stern of the vessel, and the boat veered toward the north bank of the creek. The vessel then went under a tree that was growing out over the water. The two teens were struck by the tree and died at the scene from their injuries.

The operator was taken to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, where he was treated and released.

The boat was a 1985 18-foot, 4-inch Baja bass boat.

The FWC is investigating the accident.

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