Three-Car Accident Results in Wrongful Death of DeFuniak Woman

A three-vehicle accident this morning ended with injuries to three people and the wrongful death of a 46-year-old woman from DeFuniak Springs. The fatal car accident occurred on a stretch of U.S. Highway 331 in Freeport that is a common site for car accidents, according to Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson.

The tragic car accident occurred just before 8 a.m. on Highway 331 near Ramsey Branch Road in a residential neighborhood. Adkinson says that, on that stretch of the highway, it can be difficult for oncoming cars to see a vehicle that has slowed down for a turn.

“We have a lot of wrecks out there,” he said.

That may have been the reason the driver of a 2006 Nissan Titan pickup truck drove into oncoming traffic. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol do not yet know what caused the driver of the pickup to do so, and the accident is still under investigation.

The DeFuniak Springs woman was driving a 1993 Chevy Prizm northward on U.S. 331, according to the FHP. Ahead of her was a 63-year-old woman from Morehead, Kentucky, who was driving a 2003 Cadillac sedan.

Suddenly, the driver of the pickup veered into oncoming traffic and collided with the DeFuniak Springs woman’s Prizm, sending it spinning onto the shoulder of the road.

The woman from Kentucky swerved off the road in an attempt to avoid the accident, but ended up crashing her car into the Prizm. Despite wearing a seatbelt, the DeFuniak woman was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Kentucky woman and her passenger were seriously injured and were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County. The wrong-way pickup truck driver was also injured, although not seriously, and was taken to the hospital.

“It’s unfortunate. Very sad,” said Adkinson. “It was a bad wreck.”

The FHP has said that the pickup truck driver may face charges in the car accident and wrongful death, but no announcement has been made regarding any final charging decision.

Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, “Woman dies after man drives into oncoming traffic in Freeport,” Jeff Barker, November 3, 2010