Woman hit by tractor-trailer that drove off, police say


Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.

A Gainesville woman remains hospitalized after being struck by a tractor-trailer early Tuesday morning as she crossed Northeast Waldo Road, according to a report. The driver slowed down but did not stop, police said.

Cherry A. Smith, 34, was crossing Waldo Road near Northeast 3rd Avenue at around 3 a.m. while Wayne E. Primm, 52, of Emporia, Va. was driving south on Waldo Road in a 2005 Freightliner, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

While traveling north on Waldo Road, a GPD officer heard a loud crash noise coming from the tractor-trailer, which did not stop.

The officer saw a woman lying in the middle of the southbound curb lane at the intersection of Northeast Third Avenue.

An alert was issued, and officers stopped the semi at Southeast 16th Avenue and Southeast Williston Road. Officers inspected the truck and found the front grill was broken and Smith’s wig was lodged in the grill. Smith was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the report said.

The driver appeared to be sleepy and said that he hadn’t hit anything, the report said. The semi is registered to Matthews Transport LLC of Virginia. Primm’s logs showed he had been driving since 2 p.m Monday, with a recent stop in Jacksonville. He was headed from Jacksonville to Tampa at the time of the crash.

It is unclear if Smith was crossing east to west, or west to east, the report said. The investigation is continuing, and the GPD Traffic Safety Team is requesting that any witnesses to the crash contact them at 393-7744. Officials say there are at least two possible witnesses.

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