Newberry woman seriously hurt in Gilchrist accident


Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10:43 p.m.

A 42-year-old Newberry woman was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the car she was driving went out of control in Gilchrist County and overturned, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jodi Lynn Lucas was driving a 2007 Chevy Aveo southbound around 5 p.m. on Southwest 298th Street south of State Road 26 when the accident occurred just north of Southwest 63rd Avenue, FHP said.

According to witnesses, Lucas was driving left of the centerline as she approached the crest of a hill. As she neared the crest, she swerved to avoid a collision with a northbound vehicle, FHP said.

FHP said Lucas' Aveo began to rotate clockwise, traveled onto the west shoulder of the roadway, and the right front of Lucas' vehicle hit a dirt embankment, causing the Aveo to overturn. Lucas was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from her vehicle, FHP said.

Lucas was transported to Shands at the University of Florida by Alachua County Fire Rescue, where she was in serious condition, FHP said.

Lucas was charged with driving to the left of the center of a roadway and with not wearing a seat belt, FHP said.

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