Madison Co. Man Charged in Fatal August Accident

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 14, 2014

MADISON, Fla. -- A Madison County man is being charged with Manslaughter after an August accident that claimed the life of a Georgia woman.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says that 52-year-old Richard Kyle Cruce is being charged with DUI Manslaughter following the August 12th accident.

Cruce's pickup truck veered across the center line of Collin Kelly Highway and collided with 36-year-old Jessica Pyles' SUV.

Pyles was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

MCSO says that after an investigation of the crash, warrants for the arrest of Cruce were obtained and Cruce was arrested Friday morning around 6:09 a.m. after he was located in a desolate area of Madison County that he used for hunting.

Updated by: Charlene Cristobal
August 12, 2014 - 5pm

MADISON, Fla. -- A 36-year-old woman is dead after a head-on collision early Tuesday morning on Collin Kelly Highway in Madison. Troopers say Jessica Pyles, a nurse at Madison County Memorial Hospital, died at the scene. Those who live near the crash site were in shock and disbelief.

"I usually get up every morning about 6:30, go into town, have coffee," said Cecil Pittman, who lives near the highway. "This morning, I just decided I was gonna sleep late and when we come out, we found out this happened about 6:30 or so. It...makes you wonder sometimes."

Troopers say Pyles was travelling southbound on Collin Kelly Highway when a pick-up truck, headed the other way, veered into the southbound lane and crashed into her SUV.

"I really do feel bad about that," said Jacob Motts, who lives nearby the accident scene. "You know, that situation happened to her, cause it could've been any of us. You know, my mother left out here this morning and went to work, so it's could've been her."

Jeff Wallen, who works at a church off of Collin Kelly Highway said, "We're all shocked. I mean, this isn't something we normally see on this highway, even though it's a very travelled highway. We very seldom see any type of accidents. We're very shocked [and] heartbroken."

The crash happened just minutes away from Madison County Memorial Hospital, where Pyles worked. Administrators at the hospital say that grief counseling will be available for employees.

52-year-old Kyle Cruce was the driver of the maroon pick-up truck that struck Pyles' SUV. Troopers are still investigating the crash and charges against Cruce are pending.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 12, 2014

MADSON, Fla. -- Florida Highway Patrol has identified the woman killed in a morning accident in Madison County.

Jessica Pyles, 36, of Hahira, Georgia was killed this morning when her SUV collided with another vehicle on State Road 145 (Collin Kelly Highway) at NE Daisy Street. The accident occurred around 6:20 this morning.

A document released by FHP states that Cruce's truck veered across the center line of the highway and into the path of the oncoming SUV. After the front left of both vehicles collided, the vehicles came to rest on opposite shoulders of the road.

Pyles was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The driver of the pickup truck was Richard Cruce, 52, of Madison. Cruce was treated at Madison County Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

FHP says that Madison County Sheriff's Office, Madison County Fire Rescue and Madison County EMS assisted at the scene.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
August 12, 2014

MADISON, Fla. -- One person is dead following an early morning accident in Madison County.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, the accident was a head-on collision between an SUV and a truck. The accident occurred around 6:30 this morning on NE Colin Kelly Highway (S.R. 145).

An FHP traffic website indicated that the southbound lane of NE Colin Kelly Highway is closed but the northbound lane is open.

No further details are available at this time. WCTV will update this story as more information becomes available

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