Pickup truck crashes into Overseas Liquors in Marathon

Driver airlifted to hospital after Wednesday night crash

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Derek Shore - Reporter

MARATHON, Fla. - A pickup truck crashed into a Florida Keys bar and liquor store Wednesday night.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the truck crashed into Overseas Liquors on the Overseas Highway in Marathon.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The driver of the pickup truck that crashed into Overseas Liquors was airlifted to a hospital.

The manager of the establishment, Mackenzie Simkins, said she was behind the bar when the truck came plowing in.

"No breaks, no nothing. It was all of a sudden, 'Boom.' Truly, I thought it was an explosion when I called 911," she said.  

Deputies said nobody inside the bar was injured. 

The driver of the truck, identified as Lee Brown, 43, of Big Pine Key, was airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami-Dade County in critical condition.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Brown was traveling south when, for unknown reasons, his truck veered onto the shoulder and crashed into the business.

FHP Lt. Kathleen McKinney said charges are pending.

The business remained closed Thursday morning.

"We all showed up today to make an effort to get this place back up and running hopefully as soon as we can," Simkins said. 

Repairs were already underway at the bar Thursday, but it's unclear when the business will reopen. 

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