Woman dies after Gilchrist accident

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

A 19-year-old High Springs woman died early Friday morning as a result of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a vehicle along State Road 26 in Gilchrist County Thursday evening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Ashley Nicole Branning, 19, of High Springs was struck around 7:45 p.m. Thursday, FHP reported. She was transported to Shands at the University of Florida, but later died from her injuries just after midnight.

Troopers reported that Branning and another woman, Stephanie Roth, 20, of Newberry, were walking along the painted white line on the outside of the westbound lanes of SR 26 when they were struck by a westbound pickup about a quarter-mile west of the Alachua County line.

Branning suffered most of the impact, and was thrown onto the shoulder, troopers reported. Roth had only minor injuries, but was also transported to the hospital. The driver of the pickup, James Thomas McKinney, 61, of Newberry, was not injured, according to FHP.

Alice Wallace can be reached at 352-338-3109 or alice.wallace@gvillesun.com.

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