Columbia crash on I-10 kills Georgia woman


A man is silhouetted by the early morning sun as he enters the walkway to Port Orange City Hall in Port Orange on Thursday.

The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
  • A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Columbia County left a Georgia woman dead Thursday night, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
    Marcia Lynne Jackson, 43, of Brunswick, Ga., was killed in the accident about six miles north of Lake City, according to troopers.
    Jackson had been driving west on the road at about 8 p.m. when her Jeep veered to the left, troopers reported. The vehicle traveled across the median and into eastbound lanes.
    Troopers have no leads about why Jackson lost control of the Jeep, said FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs.
    Jackson sustained fatal injuries, troopers said, after she was ejected from the Jeep when it collided with an eastbound van traveling in the left lane. Her vehicle continued into the path of a semi in the right lane.
    The van's driver, Clay Meek, 35, of Ormond Beach, was treated and released from Shands at Lake Shore Hospital in Lake City. Kelly Worthen, 24, of Breaux Bridge, La., the truck driver, had minor injuries.
    Everyone involved in the crash had been wearing seat belts, troopers said.
    The crash is the third traffic fatality in Columbia County so far this year, FHP reported.
    - Lise Fisher

    Driver must take class for crash that killed 3

  • DADE CITY - A college student who lost control of the car she was driving, killing three friends, has been ordered to take a driver safety course.
    Alrick Drummond, 19, a student at Florida A&M University was charged with careless driving. Pasco County Judge Robert P. Cole ordered Drummond to pay $100 in court costs.
    She was driving back to school on Sept. 10 when she drifted off Interstate 75 in Tampa and collided with a concrete support.
    Killed were Florida State University students Andromeda Spencer, 20, Viquilla Troupe, 18, and Alana Williams, 19. Drummond's twin sister, Audrick, also an FSU student, has recovered from her injuries.
    The judge's decision allows Drummond to keep her license, with no points assessed on the careless driving charge.
    Her attorney, Doug Wight, said the victims' families did not want to see Drummond heavily penalized.
    "No one is vindictive," Wight said. - The Associated Press

    Ex-teacher on house arrest in sex case

  • INVERNESS - A former Citrus County high school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student has been sentenced to two years of house arrest.
    Amy Gail Lilley, 36, pleaded no contest Thursday to a charge of lewd and lascivious battery of a child under 16. She also has been sentenced to eight years of probabtion.
    Circuit Judge Ric Howard agreed to what he called a significantly reduced sentenced based on statements from Assistant State Attorney Rich Buxman and Lilley's attorney, Michael Blackstone.
    "The natural parents disagreed over what should be done," Buxman said. "Both the . . . father and victim didn't want charges filed. The mother wanted prison."
    The judge denied a request from the girl to talk to Lilley and ordered the two not to have contact.
    The girl's father said he believes his daughter "is not a victim."
    The affair occurred last fall at Lilley's home and in Orlando, investigators said.
    Lilley's personnel file shows she graduated from Lecanto High in 1987 and went to work there as a business education teacher in 1993. She also coached girls softball at the school.
    As a condition of her probation, she has to permanently give up her teaching certificate and undergo counseling as a sexual offender.
    - The Associated Press
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