DeSoto County man severely burned in spring break crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

DeSoto County man severely burned in spring break crash

Larry Reynolds (Photo Source: Family) Larry Reynolds (Photo Source: Family)
Reynolds was trapped under a burning van in Panama City, FL (Photo Source: WJHG) Reynolds was trapped under a burning van in Panama City, FL (Photo Source: WJHG)
HERNANDO, MS (WMC) - Twenty-year-old Larry Reynolds had just arrived in Panama City Beach for his first spring break ever. 

His cousin, Curtis Tunstall,  said, “I hadn't left him for probably ten minutes. My other cousin called and said, 'Larry just got hit by
a van,' and I said, 'No I just left Larry'.”

It was just that fast for DeSoto County resident Larry Reynolds. He had just arrived in Panama City Beach. 

His employer and friend, Josh Belenchia said, “He got down one or two, didn't even check into a hotel. Got a moped and got off.”

Reynolds was stopped at a red light when a van ran the light,  hitting a car and then Reynolds, trapping him under the burning van. His cousin got a call from another cousin who was at the scene. 

“He was like, 'It's bad,'" said Tunstall. "He actually broke down crying.  He couldn't talk on the phone.”

Reynolds spent time in a Panama City hospital before being moved to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. He has two broken legs, a broken ankle and one leg is severely burned. He does not have insurance. 

Employees at the restaurant where Reynolds works, Buon Cibo in Hernando, are donating their tips for the entire week. People are also donating money. Click here to donate to the GoFundMe account set up by the restaurant.

Belenchia said, “We've raised or people have donated $650.”  

Reynolds now has a long road to recovery.

Tunstall added, “Once we went down there, we thought we were going to have a good time, but that happened.”

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