Florida Keys News
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
2 hurt in head-on crash

A Key West woman and a Polish man were hurt in a head-on car crash on U.S. 1 Sunday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say Helene Blanchard, 40, a former employee of The Citizen, was driving north at Mile Marker 15 on the Lower Sugarloaf Channel Bridge at 2:20 p.m. when she veered into the southbound lane, according to a press release.

Blanchard's 2004 Chevrolet struck a 2013 Ford driven by Wieslaw Brodaczewski, 58, of Dubai. Brodaczewski and a passenger in the Ford, Mark Moneaux, 65, of Poland, were taken to Lower Keys Medical Center on Stock Island. A second passenger in the Ford, Hanna Brodaczewski, 58, of Dubai, was not injured.

Blanchard's children were not hurt in the crash -- a 7-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were believed to be factors in the crash, according to the FHP. Blanchard and her children were wearing seat belts, but Moneaux was not.

Wieslaw and Hanna Brodaczewski were wearing seat belts, reports state.

Blanchard broke her pelvis in the crash, she said when reached by phone at Lower Keys Medical Center. She did not have to undergo surgery, she added.

"I'm going to be better, but I have to heal," she said. "Right now, I can't even sit in a chair."

Blanchard was cited for failure to drive in a single lane, but she said she doesn't remember the crash.

"I blacked out," she said. "The kids are OK, thankfully."

Moneaux was in serious condition when he was transported, reports state.

Troopers and Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies alternated traffic via one lane for two hours while clearing the scene.


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