DeFuniak Springs man killed in automobile collision
A DeFuniak Springs man was killed when his SUV collided with a Mack semi-trailer on the evening of Friday, July 11. Five others were involved in the accident, which occurred at around 6 p.m. on SR-2 in north Walton County.
A report from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said that Eric S. Buharp, 38, was traveling east on SR-2, when an oncoming semi-trailer rounded a curve, crossed the center line, and drove into Buharp’s path. Driving the semi-trailer was Herman Walker, 61, also of DeFuniak Springs. Walker reportedly steered right as Buharp moved onto the south shoulder of the road. The semitrailer turned onto its left side, sliding into the front driver’s side of the SUV. Buharp was taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, AL., but died.
Also in the SUV with Buharp were Shannon Buharp, 36, Jessie Buharp, 10, Wyatt Buharp, 6, and Katie Johnson, 9, all of DeFuniak Springs. Shannon Buharp received a broken ankle. Jessie and Wyatt were taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center for treatment, and were released. Katie Johnson reportedly was seriously injured, and was taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, then to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Her condition was listed as critical.
Walker reportedly sustained minor injuries and was treated at HealthMark Regional Hospital. The FHP report said that an alcohol and drug test for him is pending. Eric Buharp was reportedly not using alcohol.