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Teen critical after crash

A Liberty County teen is in critical condition following an ATV accident Monday afternoon. Clary Bateman, 14, was first taken to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital then rushed to Tallahassee Memorial following the two vehicle accident that occurred just after 4:30 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bateman was on a 1997 Yamaha four-wheeler, headed westbound on Brinkley Lane near the intersection of SR 12. Sources say she turned to look back at a friend on another ATV and failed to stop at a stop sign. She drove onto SR 12 and into the side of a 1999 Ford Ranger driven by Carlton Smith, 23, of Bristol. Bateman was thrown from the ATV and sustained head trauma and multiple injuries. Check out this week’s print edition for the complete story.

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