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Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 1:15 a.m.
Steinhatchee woman killed in car accident
A Steinhatchee woman died early Saturday morning following a single-car traffic accident.
Winfred Turner, 62, was traveling east on County Road 358 in Dixie County about 3:10 a.m. when she drove off the road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. She overcorrected, causing the 1995 Ford she was driving to spin and subsequently roll over 2 1/2 times.
Turner was thrown from the vehicle. She was not wearing her seat belt, the FHP report states.
It is not known if alcohol was a factor in the accident.
- Janine Young Sikes
Sobriety checkpoint ends with 4 DUI arrests
A multiagency roadside sobriety checkpoint in Gainesville ended early Saturday morning with four DUI arrests, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
More than 25 officers manned a sobriety checkpoint at 6900 Archer Road in Gainesville from 10 p.m. Friday until 2 a.m. Saturday as part of an effort to crack down on drunk driving.
Officers issued a total of 56 citations and made six nonalcohol-related arrests during "Operation Street Sweeper," FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs said.
But even four impaired drivers is too many, he said.
"It goes to show us that people continue to drive while impaired and it should be an eye opener to the public because it indicates how severely motorists' judgment is impaired when they drink," Burroughs said.
- Deborah Ball
Body of Ocala pilot in plane crash is found
FORT LAUDERDALE - Authorities recovered the body of an Ocala pilot Saturday after his small plane crashed in the Everglades.
Jorge Garcia, 31, was the pilot of the single-engine Cessna 210 that went down around 8 p.m. Friday about 20 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, officials said. Garcia's body was recovered by Broward Sheriff's office divers early Saturday.
The plane took off from Orlando Executive Airport on its way to the Miami suburb of Opa-locka, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.
Sheriff's deputies found the wreckage about a half mile south of Alligator Alley in the Everglades, spokesman Hugh Graf said.
Graf said the sheriff's office first received a call from someone on a cell phone who said he saw lights coming down from the sky. Ten minutes later, an air control tower told the sheriff's office that they had lost contact with the Cessna.
The plane was registered to Flight Express Inc. of Orlando, an air courier company serving 21 states in the Southeast and Midwest.
John Kirchhoefer, the company's president, said Garcia was traveling to the Miami area to pick up cargo. Garcia had worked in Orlando since Aug. 30, after transferring from the Cincinnati office.
Kirchhoefer said the cause of the accident was not yet known.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. An NTSB spokesman in Miami did not immediately return a phone message Saturday.
- The Associated Press
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