[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.


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.

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.


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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  • by Braden Location: Atlanta, Georgia on Dec 1, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    Drivers should always look twice to prevent collisions with pedestrians and motorcyclists. It's just horrible when Jason's own father died in a motorcycle wreck, and now because of some reckless driver, his own life was taken... R.I.P., Jason Sulewski. We'll all miss you so much. But we'll always remember the good times together. <3
  • by A Location: Hwy 20 on Nov 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    This post is for all those who have ever lost a loved one on any road for any circumstances, my Deepest Sympathy to you and your families. It would seem that everyone has an opinion about the road and the accident. And it seems that a lot people are ill mannered and inconsiderate of others. To: 20 girl, you need to ride the road again to find those speed limit zones, they dont exist. To: straight white female republican athiest, you need to get a life that exists beyond being a republican athiest and stop hiding behind those things.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    "Be kinder than necessary for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." Everyone should put themselves in the shoes of others before voicing your opinions on a public forum. Accidents do happen & someone is not "always" at fault. God had a plan for both of these young ladies & it's noone else's job to try to interpret what someone could have or should have done to change this. My thoughts and prayers go out for everyone affected by this terrible accident. May God bring you peace with what has happened. Becca was a really sweet girl & her family has enough to try to deal with. & to Patsy- God knows what happened & that's all that matters. Don't let the hateful comments keep you from finding peace with this accident.
  • by Jess Location: T-town on Nov 29, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    This is so funny to read all of these comments. I just need to say Becca is in a better place and I personally know sum of the family and have all of you in my prayers as well as Patsy and her un-born child. & as well for Jason Sulewski. Me and my family were the first ppl on the scene and we tryed so hard to save ya . I was raised on Lake Jackson and grew up on one of the most dangerous roads in Tallahassee, Old Bainbridge and now reside out on Lake talquin. & from my experience it is not the roads, it's the people driving on them. All I'm tryin to say is be carful and keep your eyes on the road. Just be aware of other people & drivers.
  • by straight white female republican athiest on Nov 29, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Sally? What then does your statement prove? That maybe a little self-reflection is in order?
  • by Lance Location: Bainbridge on Nov 28, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    I do not know these families but my thoughts and prayers are with you. There is no need in bashing Rebecca or Patsy, that will not help anything. It should not matter where you live at accidents happen. GOD is not interested in your money or where you live at, if it is your time to go he will take you. I live in a Trailer Park, my family and I are not poor. FYI I serve in Ga National Guard. That is ment for the one who commented about Trailer Park residences being poor.
  • by Sally Location: St Marks on Nov 28, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    To 20 girl, you're grammar proves that you indeed live on highway 20.
  • by Joyce Ellis Location: Hwy 20 on Nov 28, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    My deepest condolences to the family of Rebecca Brady and all those that I have offended by stating my opinions. I guess when you try to get a comment posted that is understandable by all, I might as well have been grasping at straws. Some are just not able to understand the English Language.
  • by reader Location: Hwy 20 on Nov 28, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    To: b, if you had read my post correctly, I am not trying to take away from anyone opinion, I was ultimately trying to state that there is a place for those who want to post a personal message for the family, the link is here: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/tallahassee/guestbook.aspx?n=rebecca-brady&pid=146806507&cid=full for those wanting to add to it. My statement was, don't put down someone who is just expressing their opinion, regardless of what it is.
  • by 20 girl Location: tally on Nov 28, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    MS Ellis the speed limit is 45 right before the libary all the way to the hardware store right before halls landing the police needs to so speed checks they will catch a lot of speeder's and DUI's the speed down there it worse in the morning when the the buses are out I've called the Sheriff so many times but they never was down thru there to watch traffic. bright lights on all these cars stay a about 3 car lengths behind so people can see to drive those head lights blind people when they are trying to drive.
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