Lake City couple seriously injured in I-75 accident

Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.

A mattress that fell off a vehicle on Interstate 75 in Alachua County caused an accident that left two Lake City residents hospitalized with serious injuries Thursday night, reported the Florida Highway Patrol.

Veronica K. Smith, 72, and Leward N. Smith, 70, were taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center for treatment, after their 2013 Volkswagen Passat was rear-ended, FHP reported in a press release.

The accident occurred about 7:50 p.m. at northbound mile marker 388 near 39th Avenue. A mattress had fallen into the center lane, causing traffic to stop.

Alyson N. McQuillan, 18, of Newberry, driving a 2003 Volkswagen Beetle, was unable to stop and hit the back of the Smiths’ car. The accident shut down northbound traffic for about 30 minutes.

McQuillan was not injured. She was charged with careless driving.

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