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Lee County teen's truck hits tree

(Maranda O'Flynn) (Maranda O'Flynn)

A Leesburg teen has been hospitalized after his truck hit a tree at high rate of speed Friday afternoon.

18-year-old Jacob Bickerstaff was listed in good condition after being taken to Phoebe Hospital. About 1:45 p.m. Bickerstaff's Chevrolet pickup truck left Old Smithville Highway and struck a tree.

A Leesburg Police Officer was running radar just yards from the crash site, and saw the incident. He says the truck was going at least 45 miles per hour when it left the road, and that the seatbelt and airbags saved his life.

"From what we understand the driver could have possibly fallen asleep or passed out," said Georgia State Patrol Trooper 1st Class Daniel Joiner. "We don't know the exact cause because we haven't had a chance to fully interview the driver yet."

Troopers with GSP have not filed any charges yet as they continue their investigation, but they say this crash shows the importance of seat belts on a busy holiday travel weekend.

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