Police: Woman who threatened suicide was injured in crash


Published: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 10:29 p.m.

A recent University of Florida graduate who apparently was threatening to kill herself ended up seriously injured Tuesday in a high-speed crash.

The Gainesville Police Department said the 22-year-old woman threatened to commit suicide when she called her roommate, who was at work around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The roommate called police.

Officers went to the apartment of the woman, who graduated in August with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. They did not find her but did find blood they suspected was the result of her injuring herself.

Police then had the woman’s cellphone pinged and determined she was driving in Marion County. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office found the woman’s car, which had crashed off State Road 40.

Deputies said it appeared the woman had been going about 100 mph when her car ran off the roadway, went airborne, hit a tree and entrapped her.

After paramedics removed her from the car, the woman was flown to Shands at the University of Florida for treatment of a punctured lung and separated shoulder, according to police.

Officers said the woman, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the incident, is expected to survive and will be held for 72 hours under the state’s Baker Act.

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