Gainesville woman injured in I-75 accident, FHP says

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was in critical condition Thursday after she was ejected from a car earlier in the day on Interstate 75 in Columbia County, according to a report.

Oqueria Eloise Crumedy, 26, was a passenger in a 1997 Toyota Camry being driven north by Marion Jovan Mayes at around 10:32 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Mayes was in the center lane and was driving erratically at around mile marker 417, witnesses reported. The vehicle crossed into the median and struck a guardrail before spinning back onto the highway.

Crumedy was thrown from the car, after which she was struck by a 2012 Mazda driven by Charles Matthew Turner, 44, of McCalla, Ala.

Crumedy was lodged under the Mazda, and emergency responders had to raise the car to rescue her, the FHP said.

Mayes, 32, of Gainesville was taken to Lake City Medical Center in serious condition. Crumedy was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital. Mayes and Crumedy were not wearing seat belts, according to the report.

Neither Turner nor his three passengers were injured.

All three northbound lanes were closed for 45 minutes.

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