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[UPDATE] Fatal Accident in Tallahassee

By: LCSO Press Release, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: LCSO Press Release, Lanetra Bennett Email

UPDATE 11-24-2010

The Tallahassee community continues to mourn the lose of an FSU student and a former Chiles High School athlete.

Rebecca Brady ... or Becca as she was known to family and friends ... died Monday night 11-22 when she was hit by a car.

LCSO deputies say around 7:30pm, Patsy Robinson, 22, was driving east on State Road 20. As she approached the intersection of Cricket Road, her 1998 Saturn struck Brady, who was on foot.

A viewing for Brady will be held Thursday at 5 PM. Her funeral will be Friday at 1PM.

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Updated 11-23 7:14pm Reporter: Lanetra Bennett

Leon County deputies say they have responded to eight traffic fatalities since August 1st.

The latest two happened on the same road.

Many people along Highway 20 have a story to tell about how dangerous they feel Highway 20 is.

A 19-year-old was just hit and killed last night and a motorcyclist was rear-ended Friday night and killed. Area drivers say while heart-broken, unfortunately, they weren't shocked.

"I heard all the sirens and I just didn't think anything of it. I was like, oh, another wreck." Said Highway 20 resident Linda Avirom.

But, this wreck was fatal, claiming the life of 19-year-old Rebecca Brady who was hit and killed Monday night.

Deputies say around 7:30pm, 22-year-old Patsy Robinson was driving east on State Road 20. As she approached the intersection of Cricket Road, her 1998 Saturn struck Brady, who was on foot.

Area resident Todd Salisbury said, "Rebecca Brady was a good friend of mine back in school. It's sad what happened. She was kind of silly at times and nice."

Drivers in the area say they're saddened but not surprised and they say the behavior of some people behind the wheel has to stop.

Kristine Warsik lives off of Highway 20. She said, "A lot of pedestrian activity that doesn't get much attention paid to them. And the other drivers that will almost play chicken with you as you're driving down the road and have you pulling off for them as they're passing vehicles."

Brady's death comes three days after a car struck a motorcyclist from behind on Highway 20.

Deputies say 23-year-old Jason Sulewski was hit around 6:40 Friday night. He died at the hospital on Sunday.

Avirom said, "They don't listen to the passing zones. They speed horrendously. They go way over 55 miles an hour. I actually lost a friend who was riding his four-wheeler and wrecked it and got hit by a car. Nobody cares. They just drive haphazardly out here all the time."

Deputies say they are still investigating the circumstances behind both fatalities on Highway 20. No charges have been filed.

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Update 11-22-2010 10:37 pm
Tallahassee, FL - On November 22, 2010 at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a traffic crash on State Road 20 near the intersection of Cricket Road.

Uniform Patrol deputies learned that a 1998 Saturn driven by Patsy Robinson, 22, was traveling east on State Road 20. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Cricket Road, it struck Rebecca Brady, 19. Brady died from injuries sustained in the crash.

LCSO’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. No charges have been filed. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Tallahassee, FL - Leon County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a fatal traffic accident.

Deputies say the incident happened at around 7:30 pm on Highway 20 near Charles McIntosh Road. LCSO tells WCTV a 19-year old pedestrian was struck by a car traveling eastbound on Highway 20. Deputies are still interviewing the driver and the pedestrian was announced dead on arrival.

The Tallahassee Fire Department is assisting in the handling of the accident. At this time (9:15PM), traffic is still being diverted both ways.

WCTV will provide more information as it becomes available.


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