[UPDATE] Jogger Hit by SUV on Cap. Circle Dies

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL - November 13, 2011

Family visitation for Anita Neal will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Bethel AME Church located on 501 West Orange Avenue. Funeral services have been set for Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 11 AM also at the Bethel AME Church.


Tallahassee, FL - November 12, 2011

Anita Neal died on the evening of November 11, 2011 from injuries sustained when she was hit by an SUV on November 8.


**CORRECTION** November 8, 2011 -- 4pm

A woman on a morning jog in Tallahassee was hit by an SUV and taken to the hospital with injuries. Eyewitness News had been told by a friend of Anita Neal that she, but the jogger has sustained severe brain injuries and has not been officially declared dead.

Kareema Harris, another friend of the Neal family, tells WCTV that: "The family appreciates all of the calls, thoughts, and prayers. This is a tough time for the family as they are faced with this difficult decision."


Tallahassee, Florida - November 8, 2011 - 2pm -

A woman on a morning jog in Tallahassee was hit by an SUV and taken to the hospital with injuries. Eyewitness News has learned from a friend of Anita Neal, the jogger hit by the SUV, that Neal has died.


Tallahassee, Florida - November 8, 2011 - 1:30pm -

This morning, at approximately 6:19a.m. a group of runners were jogging on the sidewalk near the intersection of Capital Circle Northeast and Capital Park Drive. One of the runners, Anita Neal, was jogging in the bike lane on Capital Circle Northeast.

A vehicle being driven by Lynn Renaud was traveling southbound on Capital Circle. Ms. Renaud was changing lanes to access the right hand turn lane for Park Avenue, when an impact occurred with Ms. Renaud’s 2004 gold Nissan SUV and Ms. Neal.

Ms. Neal was transported by ambulance to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with critical injuries. TPD’s Traffic Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating the crash at this time.


Tallahassee, Florida - November 8, 2011 - Noon -

A woman on a morning jog in Tallahassee was hit by a car and taken to the hospital with injuries.

The accident on Capital Circle Northeast at Park Avenue slowed traffic for several hours this morning while officers investigated the scene.

The crash happened around 6:30am. Police say 48-year-old Anita Neal was jogging when she was hit by a car being driven by 57-year-old Lynn Renaud.

"There was a runner that was running in the southbound lane on Capital Circle in the bicycle lane. She was running on the road and she was struck by the gold Nissan Murano over my shoulder. The runner was taken to TMH with injuries," says Officer Dave Northway with TPD.

Police say no charges have been filed at this time. TMH says Neal's condition is unknown.


Tallahassee, Florida - November 8, 2011 - 10:15am -

TMH does not have a condition for Anita Neal, the jogger that was hit earlier this morning.

Tallahassee, Florida - November 8, 2011 - 8am -

There was a traffic crash at Capital Circle and Park Ave earlier this morning. TPD says a female jogger was hit by a car on Capital Circle NE. The woman was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and is listed as in serious condition.

No charges have been filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured and was the only occupant.

TPD expects that the southbound lanes on Capital Circle NE will be closed for several hours.


Tallahassee, Florida - November 8, 2011 - 7am -

Pictures of the scene can be viewed by clicking the "Photos" tab above.

There is a traffic crash at Capital Circle and Park Ave, according to Officer Dave Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department. A pedestrian involved in the accident has sustained injuries.

The 2 southbound lanes of Capital Circle are closed at this time.

Eyewitness News has a reporter on the scene. Stay with WCTV for details.

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  • by Mrs.Harte Location: Tallaahasse on Nov 16, 2011 at 04:43 PM
    I knew Ms.Anita and she was a very nice lady and some of the thing's you heartless peoplebare saying is wrong. Think about it if it was someone in your family you wouldn't people saying the thing's you said about her. If you ask me you heartless people are just a whole bunch of human beings who are scary as heck n you say mean things on the freaking WCTV news because you know you won't be revealed so ya'll hide behind the computer and keep talking but it doesn't matter God has the last say with you all. May God Bless you all.R.I.P Ms.Anita
  • by BarbT Location: Tallahassee on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    A very careless driver crossing lanes to get into the turning lane when she should have gotten in the lane at the beginning where the turn lane starts. When you cross lanes at the middle like that, you are basically trying to dogde oncoming cars and you don't see what is already in the turn lane. they do that all the time when they decide they want to get into the turning lane when they have already passed the starting point. It has happened to me; I was already in the turning lane nearly at Park Ave. when a very smart dumb person suddenly decided he wanted to get into the turn lane. If I hadn't braked I would have ended up in the bushes in front of Circle K. Don't always blame the victim for careless drivers in a big rush. And she was in the bicycle lane you know. The driver just didn't take the time to look.
  • by T Location: Tallahassee on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    This is for "KS" , just SHUT UP!!!! A person's life is lost and all you are worried about are lanes, jogging, etc... worry about the child that is left without a parent....You know GOD is listening to your disrespectfulness...smh smh...I hope more people ignore you!!!!
  • by Stop & think on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    To all who post negative comments on this website. This womans lost her life unexpectedlty, just send out prayers for the grieving friends & families. If she was jogging, walking or whatever at the end of the day Mrs. Neal lost her life. Please stop and think before you post negative comments.
  • by Redneckus Yankeeus on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    I am appalled at some of the trash written about this incident. But not being from here, I just consider the source, which is stupid local people that wear a lot of flannel and camoflouge. I hope the family reviews the regulations concerning bicycle lanes in this city. Shortly after the city posted a light at the intersection of Bradfordville and Velda Dairy Road they posted a sign about 100 feet before it that showed a light. It was upside down with the green circle light on the top and red on bottom. It took weeks for the city to turn it the right way. I was so amazed I took a photo of it. If the city violated federal or state guidelines regarding bicycle lanes, and I suspect they did, then the city of Tallahassee can just pull out the checkbook, again. My prayers go with this family.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to Redneckus Yankeeus
      go home yankee!
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        by RY on Nov 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM in reply to
        Go back to your trailer.
  • by KS on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    If the victim was in a bike lane - and the driver was attempting to get into the RIGHT TURN LANE, how was the driver supposed to get over there since there is not a specified way to do that without hitting a bicycle or jogger? There is no designated spot to do that. And I as a driver would assume it could be done at any point and I've seen other drivers do it at any point. It is all WHITE LINES. Where is the entrance to that RIGHT TURN LANE?? How much reflective gear did the victim have on? Why were the other joggers on the sidewalk? (I know the answer but just refresh me in a story please from WCTV.) Wasn't it very dark at 6:30 a.m.? Why aren't bike lanes with double yellow lines so we know not to venture into them?
  • by Not you on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:34 AM
    My condolences to the family and friends of Anita. Despite all the bickering going on in these comments, some of us realize that people are mourning. Hugs and prayers to all involved.
  • by MaryE Location: Tallahassee on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:27 AM
    this is too sad hopefully the child let behing due to this has grandparent,dad etc to care of him/her and not put in foster care
  • by David Location: Tallahassee on Nov 12, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    RIP Anita.
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      by Tomy on Nov 13, 2011 at 04:19 AM in reply to David
      Yes RIP ANITA. A bike lane engineered to have motor traffic on both sides gives people a false sense of security. It's like "I'll be safe here" "the bike-friendly traffic engineers said so". Instead of the bike-logo there should be a skull and cross-bones logo painted on that portion of the bike lane.
  • by God Bless America Location: tally on Nov 12, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    Joggers...Please jog facing traffic. You might have a chance to get out of the way if you see a car coming. For safety's sake.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 07:04 PM in reply to God Bless America
      and don't jog in the road.
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        by KS on Nov 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to
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      by Chris on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:08 AM in reply to God Bless America
      Sure, and get a citation or ticket while you're at it. I remember when I was eighteen and living in Gainesville I was attempting to exit a side road and cross two north bound lanes to get into the two south bound lanes. I pulled up and looked to the left, then looked to the right (which was partially obstructed by an unseemingly large shrub), then back to the left and took my foot off the brake. About that time I heard the crunch of a bicycle under my car. Fortunately I was only going 3-4 mph so it did little more than knock her off the bike and cause a slight abrasion to her knee. Long story short the officer told me "even though SHE was incorrect for going AGAINST the flow of traffic, you have to receive the citation for failure to yield because you were in a car while she was on a bike." No disrespect intended to Anita or her friends and family, but why the HELL wasn't she running on the sidewalk? Bike lanes are FOR BIKES. I never run in the bike lane. Ever. You couldn't pay me enough with these idiot drivers we have in Tallahassee.
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