Ponte Vedra Beach teen killed, five others injured in car accident near World Golf Village


A Ponte Vedra Beach teen was killed and five others were injured in a car crash near World Golf Village Sunday night.

Griffin Moody, 18, a recent Nease High School graduate, was killed in the accident that sent three Nease seniors and two other individuals to local hospitals. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Moody was a passenger in a 2005 Ford Focus driven by Nease senior Megan Theobald, 18, of St. Augustine. Also in the car were Nease seniors Mary Crean and Claire Crean.

Authorities say Theobald was traveling west on State Road 16 and slowed to make a left turn onto Murabella Parkway, but failed to see a 2010 Nissan Frontier driven by Weston Michael Power, 20, of St. Augustine, that was traveling east. The front of Power’s car struck the right side of the Ford Focus, sending both cars onto the grassy shoulder of State Road 16.

Moody was pronounced dead at the scene. Theobald was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, while Mary Crean and Claire Crean were transported to UF Shands Jacksonville. Power and his passenger, 19-year-old Tresca Lynn Esguerra of St. Augustine, were taken to Flagler Hospital.

Crisis counselors were made available to St. Johns County students and staff following the accident.