Fatal Crash in Columbia County

By: FHP Press Release
By: FHP Press Release

Columbia County, FL -- December 13, 2011 --

A Tuesday afternoon, two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 claimed the life of an Alabama woman near the Interstate 75 interchange in Columbia County.

According to FHP Investigators and witnesses, 41-year-old Julie L. Laughridge of Sylacauga, Alabama was initially traveling west on I-10 in the area of MM 299, or approximately 1.5 miles east of I-75, when
she slowed her 2003 Volkswagon Jetta and attempted to pull over into the outside emergency lane to check her phone's GPS for
directions.

As she entered into the emergency lane, a 1991 Toyota pick-up truck being driven by 87-year-old Edward C. Harvey, of Perry, Florida, who was approaching her vehicle from behind, also entered into the emergency lane (most probably attempting to avoid striking her vehicle in the roadway as she slowed).

Harvey's pick-up truck then collided into the rear-end of Laughridge's vehicle, front to rear, causing extensive crush damage to both vehicles. After impact, both vehicles traveled onto the north / right grassy shoulder, where they came to rest.

Laughridge was pronounced as deceased at the scene of this collision and Harvey was transported to Shands Trauma Center in Gainesville, Florida for emergency medical care and is listed in critical
condition.


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  • by Eric Location: Peoria, IL on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
    You are sorely missed, but you're in Heaven now, looking down on us. We will do our best to continue the cause. Rest in Peace, Julie.
  • by joshua Location: perry,fl on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    mr.harvey is my granfather he is a well thought of god fearing man an a very caring person i will mourn the death of the late mrs.julie as will the rest of our family.
  • by bobby Location: crawfordville on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:34 PM
    such bad news, mr. harvey was a god fearing man.may god look after him .both familys are in our prayers
  • by Wendy Location: IL on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    Julie I will truly miss you my dear GG friend. I am proud to say i knew you and loved you. I will Celebrate your live and mourn for your family <3 always
  • by Christy Location: Montgomery, al on Dec 15, 2011 at 06:42 AM
    Julie was one of the most influential people I have ever known. She was always full of love and laughter and her smile was infectious. I had the benifit of growing up with her and loved her very much. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this sad time. She will be missed.
  • by The Conservative Diva Location: Florida on Dec 14, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Julie was a very good friend of mine for about 5 years and I am shocked at this horrible news! Rest in peace my dear sweet Julie....you will be sorely missed!
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