Two drivers hurt after trees fall across E. University


Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.

Two people were injured Friday night when their cars hit a downed tree or skidded to avoid it on East University Avenue, Gainesville police reported.

The accidents occurred after a heavy rainstorm in the 3900 block of East University felled two trees across the westbound lanes and part of the eastbound lanes, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias reported in a news release.

Ricky J. Jenkins, 52, was westbound when he failed to see the trees. He drove over the first one and then slammed into the second one, which was about three feet in diameter.

The force of the collision caused significant damage to the front bumper, hood, right tire and both front side panels of Jenkins' car, police reported. Jenkins was taken UF Health Shands Hospital for injuries to his mouth and teeth, and possibly internal injuries, police said.

Meanwhile, eastbound driver Kami Jean Ferriell narrowly missed the fallen trees, but she received a head injury when her vehicle skidded to a fast stop. She was also taken to Shands.

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