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Man killed, woman hurt when Jeep crashes into tree in Marion County

Troopers ID victim as Ellis A. Gilley-Nixon

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CITRA, Fla. – A 30-year-old Citra man was killed and a woman was injured late Thursday when their Jeep Cherokee crashed into a tree in Marion County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said Ellis A. Gilley-Nixon died in the crash, which was reported at 10:54 p.m. on County Road 318 at NE 24th Avenue.

Allie Smith, 27, of Citra, a passenger in the Jeep, was taken to UF Shands Hospital in stable condition, the FHP said.

According to the FHP, Gilley-Nixon was driving the 1999 Jeep east on C.R. 318 when the vehicle left the road for an unknown reason and struck a tree.

Gilley-Nixon was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

According to the FHP report,  Gilley-Nixon and Smith were not wearing their seat belts.

It's not known if alcohol played a role in the crash, the FHP report said.


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