Gainesville woman critical after morning crash


Published: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was critically injured in a Thursday morning crash outside Branford.

Heather Lawrence, 21, was flown to Shands at the University of Florida following a wreck on U.S. 27 a half mile west of Branford, which is just inside the Lafayette County line.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Lawrence was westbound in a 2003 Chevrolet pick up. At the same time, Timothy John Caldwell, 47, of O'Brien was eastbound in a log truck, a 2003 Freightliner.

According to a crash report by FHP Trooper W. McGauley and Corporal J. Berger, Lawrence's pick up crossed the center line and hit a bridge rail on the south side of the highway. The force of the impact pushed the car into the eastbound lane. Caldwell told the troopers that he saw the incident and was able to apply the brakes on his semi before the left front of the pick up hit the left front of the semi.

Caldwell was not injured in the crash. McGauley's written report showed that Caldwell had been wearing a seat belt but Lawrence had not.

Charges in the case are pending further investigation, including the results of a blood alcohol test on Lawrence.


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