Wreck claims 2 Red Level teens

Published 12:03 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the Sunday accident that claimed the lives of two Red Level teens near Baker, Fla.

Lt. Steve Preston with the Florida State Troopers said the accident occurred Sunday at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Fla. St. Road 189 in Okal-oosa County, Fla., near the Blac-kmon Comm-unity.

Accident reports indicate the boys were riding in the back of a 2008 Ford F-250 driven by Timothy James Padgett, 28, of Red Level, and show the accident occurred when Padgett attempted to pass another northbound vehicle. However, as the truck moved into the southbound lane to pass, Padgett lost control and slid onto the western grass shoulder and overturned twice. He suffered minor injuries.

Fatally injured in the wreck were 14-year-old Evan Carpenter and 15-year-old Michael Levi Neal, both of whom were riding in the bed of the pickup truck. Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene, and Neal was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Hunter Carpenter, 12, was also riding in the back of the pickup. He suffered critical injuries and was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center for surgery on his leg.

Also injured were Denyelle Padgett, 32, with minor injures, and Taylor Padgett, 6 and the only occupant wearing a seat belt, who suffered serious injuries. He was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment. The two were riding in the cab of the truck.

Charges are pending in the accident.