News: Driver of stolen hearse involved in multi-vehice crash in Gainesville


GAINESVILLE, FL – A man driving a stolen hearse caused a multi-vehicle crash in Gainesville Sunday afternoon, police said.

According to WGFL, the hearse was stolen from the Chestnut Funeral Home on NW 8th Avenue at about 1:30 p.m.  Police said the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Williams Stewart, drove about three miles to the corner of NW 34th Street and crashed into four other vehicles.

Williams was injured and taken to an area hospital.  No injuries were reported among the drivers of the other four vehicles.

The director of the funeral home said the hearse was empty at the time it was stolen, with the engine running.  Stewart will be charged with grand theft auto and criminal mischief, according to police.

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