Victim of apparent DUI is called 'most caring' nurse
Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.
OCKLAWAHA - Registered nurse Angela Kay Maddolin was never late for work.
When she didn't show up at the cardiac catheterization lab at the Gainesville VA Medical Center on Thursday morning, co-workers called her home.
They told her husband, George Rollins, that she was not at work and had not called in.
Thinking she may have had car trouble, he followed the route she normally took.
Coming upon a crash scene, Rollins' heart sank when he saw an Ohio license plate he had bought her for Christmas dangling from the front of her white 1993 Isuzu Rodeo.
Maddolin, 52, of Ocklawaha was killed in the crash, which occurred at about 5:45 a.m. on County Road 314-A a mile south of State Road 40.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers have charged Joshua Turpin, 27, of Umatilla, the driver they say caused the fatal head-on collision, with DUI manslaughter and two counts of DUI with property damage.
An FHP supervisor at the scene of the crash said Turpin appeared to be impaired and smelled of alcohol. He was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with minor injuries and then to the Marion County Jail.
Troopers said Turpin's red 1999 Dodge pickup was headed south on CR 314-A while Maddolin's Isuzu was going north. Officials said Turpin failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center line and hit the Isuzu head-on.
After impact, the vehicles ended up on the east shoulder of the roadway about 25 yards apart. The crash was so severe the speedometer of the Isuzu was knocked out of the dash and lay on the ground.
Maddolin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her husband, also 52, said they had been married 28 years. He said his wife "loved people" and had "a big heart."
"She was the most caring person I ever met. She was amazing. She loved people," said Rollins, sitting in his living room Thursday afternoon, surrounded by family members and friends who came by to console him.
The couple met in Ohio and have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Rollins said his wife had worn many hats as a nurse, such as working in ICU, as a traveling nurse and with hospice, since 1983.
She had been employed at the VA Medical Center since 2006, according to a VA spokeswoman.
Cheri Pelton, who lives across the street from the couple, said she was "in shock." She said Maddolin "loved roses and was an all-around good person."
Gayle Albritton, who lives next door, said Maddolin was a "very caring woman and an awesome nurse."
Her death was the third traffic fatality since Sunday in Marion County and the 12th this year. Last year there were 66 traffic fatalities in the county.
As for what he will do now, Rollins said, "I don't know. Family and friends will help me figure it out."
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