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Residents injured in single-car wreck; one critically

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By Jeff Bryan

Two Dunnellon residents were injured, one critically, in a single-vehicle wreck Thursday night on Southwest 210th Avenue in Dunnellon, a Florida Highway Patrol report stated.
The driver of the vehicle, Thomas Piller, 33, sustained serious injuries, while his passenger, Jessica F. Klemm, 27, was critically injured, the report stated.
According to the report, Thomas Piller, 33, was driving a 2006 Buick Lacrosse north on Southwest 210th Avenue when the vehicle traveled across the southbound traffic lane onto the slopped west shoulder out of control for approximately 284 feet. The vehicle then rotated slightly in a clockwise direction and crossed both traffic lanes of Southwest 210th Avenue for approximately 78 feet, the report stated.
Piller’s vehicle then continued out of control onto the east shoulder of the road and struck a tree with its left front corner, the report stated, then redirected off the tree where it came to final rest. According to the report, the vehicle caught fire. The fire was extinguished, when FHP officials arrived at the scene, the report stated.
Both Piller and Klemm had been extricated from the vehicle by witnesses who had arrived on scene just after the crash, the report stated.
According to the report, physical evidence of tire marks in the grass and yaw marks across the roadway were consistent with Piller’s failure to drive in a single lane.
The report did not indicate what hospital Piller or Klemm were transported to.
Charges are pending, the report stated.