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Two Young Brothers Survived Manatee County Crash that Killed Their Father


Posted on Jul 07, 2012

We have more information on a story about which we previously reported, regarding a Manatee County car crash that claimed the life of a single father on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The head-on crash which took place that Saturday night on State Road 70 claimed the life of a father and son, but two young boys survived.


Police confirmed that 54-year-old Merritt Hilton Duryea, of Myakka, was driving west in the eastbound lane and hit 63-year-old Lauren Worley’s 2008 Ford Expedition head-on. The wreck occurred on State Road 70, just past Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Worley was traveling with his three sons at the time of the wreck.


Both drivers and an 11-year-old boy died in the crash, but two young boys survived. The two brothers from Myakka City are still being treated for their injuries at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, but they are healing nicely and should soon be discharged.


Rockwell Worley, 13, was treated for a laceration above his eye and a broken arm, and MacRyder Worley, 7, suffered scratches and bruises.


According to reports, the boys’ mother and father were separated and have been in a custody dispute. The boys have lived with their father in Myakka for the past year. Now the mother, Tamara C. Worley, of Illinois, will be their caregiver.


Family members have established The Worley Family Fund, a trust fund for the two brothers who survived the collision, and have been overcome by the community support in the Sarasota-Manatee area.


Our accident attorneys at the Mallard Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who are suffering from this fatal accident.

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