Woman who died in Tuesday crash remembered

Lisa King, 41, was killed Tuesday in a crash on Interstate 75. Her friends and coworkers remembered her as a hard worker and a charitable spirit.

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Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 6:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 12:09 a.m.

The woman who died in a Tuesday morning crash on Interstate 75 was a 1987 Gainesville High School graduate who worked at a local health club and loved to bake, said friends and co-workers.

Lisa King, 41, died at the scene of an accident that occurred when she crossed the median and was hit by another driver.

King worked as a personal trainer at Fit for Life, where she was loved by the members and was a valued employee, said owner Monica O'Reilly.

"She was my right-hand woman. She did absolutely everything for the members, the upkeep of this facility, fitness training, administration memberships — I did not have to angst over one thing when Lisa was here," O'Reilly said. "She absolutely loved every one of the members. The members have just been stunned. I had more than 35 e-mails from members this morning that were condolences from members."

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, King was driving a 2006 Toyota and was pronounced dead at the scene of the 8:30 a.m. crash. Trooper M.A. Simmons said the accident happened in the southbound lanes just north of Newberry Road and shut down southbound traffic until nearly 11 a.m.

FHP spokesman Lt. Patrick Riordan said King's black Toyota sedan had been headed north in the northbound lanes before it crossed the grassy median and began rotating into the southbound lanes. It was not clear why the Toyota left the northbound lanes. It was hit by a pickup and nearly severed, FHP reported.

Riordan said Wednesday that the crash is under investigation and that no additional details of the cause were available.

O'Reilly said King had been to work that morning, went home to run an errand and was returning to work when the accident occurred.

King was married to Gerry King, owner of Skylab Studios, a recording, mixing and mastering facility.

Sueli Cavalcanti, who has recorded at the studio and is a friend of King, remembered her as a kind woman who often brought food to the recording sessions.

"The post (on Facebook) that I made is a song that I wrote yesterday and dedicated to her," Cavalcanti said. "She was a genuinely sweet person. When I used to go to the studio she would give us homemade foods — quiches, chocolate chip muffins."

O'Reilly said that King had a catering business and often brought food in for the members.

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