Early Morning Walk in Road Ends in Fatal Accident

By: FHP Release Email
By: FHP Release Email

A fatal accident occurred at 6 am on County Rd 137, north of 264th St. in Suwannee County. The accident occurred just east of Branford, Florida, north of US 27.

Doris Huddle, age 71 of Wellborn, Florida was driving a 2006 Kia Spectra heading southbound on CR 137 at around 6 am as 51 year old Robert Starcher of Millville, New Jersey was walking in the road. FHP reports that due to the darkness of the area, Huddle did not have sufficient enough warning or time and/or distance to avoid hitting Starcher with the front of her vehicle. Starcher was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision by Suwannee County EMS.

According to an FHP investigation, Starcher was staying at his brother's residence off CR 137 on the day prior to the accident, where they had both been drinking alcoholic beverages most of the evening. FHP reports that sometime during the early morning hours (around 6 am), Starcher awoke from sleeping and for some unknown reason ventured out onto CR 137, where he was walking southbound within the southbound travel lane.

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