Alabama Woman Struck, Killed By Truck In Florida


The woman was partially ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. A friend said the woman lived in Ocala and was on her way to work in Gainesville.

REDDICK — A woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 north of Ocala early Thursday.


Florida Highway Patrol troopers have identified the woman as Twila Robinson, 44, of Ocala.

Troopers say a BMW driven by Grady Lee Wilson, 47, of Norman Park, Georgia, struck Robinson's car while traveling in the northbound lanes near mile marker 364 and sent it off the road. Her vehicle overturned in the ditch and stopped in the tree line.

Robinson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected through the sunroof of her car and died at the scene, FHP officials said.

The crash occurred around 5:20 a.m.

Authorities said the BMW was in the middle lane and Robinson's vehicle was in the right lane. The right side of the BMW made contact with the left side of her car, causing it to veer off the road to the right.

Wilson was not injured. A dog in the vehicle with Wilson was not injured. Troopers said Wilson stopped about 2,000 feet from the crash and tried to back up but could not because his car was disabled.

Wilson said he was in the middle lane but does not remember what happened other than that the two cars hit. He said he was driving from Lake Wales on his way to Georgia.

Cartreana Huffman, who identified herself as a "god-sister" to Robinson, said the two of them always "made time for each other."

Huffman said Robinson grew up in Williston then attended Eastside High School in Gainesville and later moved to Ocala. She said her friend was on her way to work early Thursday at UF Health Shands in Gainesville. She said Robinson had worked in patient transport there for about five years.

Huffman said Robinson was a "loving, caring person." She said that friends of Robinson's two sons considered her "like a mom to others."

"I just can't believe she is gone," Huffman said.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb.

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Source : http://www.gainesville.com/news/20180621/woman-killed-in-crash-on-i-75-north-of-ocala

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