[UPDATE] Traffic Crash Leads to Temporary Road Closure

By: TPD Press Release/ Amy Long
By: TPD Press Release/ Amy Long

UPDATE 12-4-2010 12:55 PM
TPD Release:

On Thursday, December 2, 2010, at approximately 4:12PM, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to Tennessee Street and Macomb Street in reference to a traffic crash, which resulted in multiple vehicles being involved.

A total of five people were transported to the hospital for injuries. Four were listed with minor injuries and one was listed to be in critical condition.

Saturday, December 4 at approximately 11:00AM, the Tallahassee Police Department was notified that the driver of the vehicle who was listed in critical condition succumbed to her injuries.

The driver has been identified as 75-year-old Gabrielle Wu Lee of Tallahassee, Florida. Lee’s next of kin has been notified.

** UPDATE **

Tennessee Street is no longer closed to traffic. Both directions are now open.


** UPDATE 12-2-2010 9:45 PM **

TPD has not been able to give out any updates on the conditions of those injured in an accident earlier this afternoon at Tennessee Streets and MLK Boulevard.

Officers say they're hopeful that Tennessee Street will re-open to traffic at around 10:30 PM.


** UPDATE 12-2-2010 6:40pm **

TPD Press Release: A vehicle was traveling west on Tennessee Street at MLKing Blvd and caused a traffic crash. The suspect vehicle fled the scene and continued westbound and collided with another vehicle which caused a domino reaction and involved additional vehicles. There were a total of 6 vehicles involved in this incident. Five persons were transported to TMH, to include the driver of the suspect vehicle that caused the traffic crashes. The driver of the suspect vehicle has injuries that are serious, but not considered life threatening at this time. This investigation is on-going at this time.

West bound traffic on Tennessee Street is being diverted north on Macomb Street. Eastbound traffic on Tennessee Street is being diverted north on Dewey Street. Macomb Street traffic is being diverted at Call Street for northbound and Virginia Street for southbound.

The section of Tennessee Street between Copeland Street and Macomb Street continues to be closed at this time.


** UPDATE 12-2-2010 5:17 pm **

A woman is in critical condition after crashing her vehicle into five cars and then trying to flee the scene.

Tallahassee Police say a brand new 2010 Lincoln was heading west on Tennessee Street when it crashed into an unknown vehicle and then sped away.

Police say to avert traffic she switched to the eastbound lane of Tennessee Street and then crashed into a blue truck that was trying to turn left on Macomb Street.

Officers say a "snowball effect" occurred, ending with seven cars crashing near Martin Luther King Boulevard and six vehicles crashing near Macomb and Tennessee Streets.

Police say the woman driving the Lincoln then landed on its side. She is In critical condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, 4 others were also taken to the hopital.

No word yet on whether criminal charges will be filed.

Eastbound and Westbound lanes on Tennessee Street between Macomb Street and Copeland Street are closed down. Police say they won't be reopened until around 7pm

We'll have more on this on Eyewitness News at 11pm


Tallahassee, FL - Both Eastbound and Westbound lanes on Tennessee Street between Macomb Street and Copeland Street are closed down to a traffic crash involving approximately 6 vehicles. There are injuries, but the extent is unknown at this time.

Southbound on Macomb from Virginia Street is also closed to traffic.

Please re-route traffic to Tharpe Street or Gaines Street to travel East and West through that location.

WCTV is on scene and will bring more information as it becomes available.

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  • by Red Location: Tally on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:43 AM
    Gabrielle Lee was a great artist, musician, chef, and a survivor/refugee of communist China. She was persecuted and thrown into prison because her family was well educated. Her husband, Paul, also had advanced degrees and earned multiple engineering patents. She and Paul had seen the world, but were perhaps the most loyal of U.S. citizens. One of her many spectacular large scale abstract paintings was entitled, "The American Dream." Prior to last week's tragedy Ms. Lee had come to understand the American Dream more deeply than most of us who were born into freedom and who take it for granted. Ms. Lee and Paul had prospered here for 30 years and had made Tallahassee a better town. It's hard to understand what happened. This was a tragedy in so many ways.
  • by keymiria on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    im so sorry for what happen i will pray every night for her she will always be with you in your hearts you just got to believe and dont lose your mind
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    It sounds like Dr. Lee was a wonderful woman who will be missed a great deal. I constantly struggle with why good people have to die such tragic deaths and others do not. There's no way to wrap my brain around why this kind of thing happens. Farman, I wish your family the best and hope for a fast and speedy recovery and I hope that the Lee family can somehow find peace among all of this tradegy.
  • by Friend on Dec 6, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    Farman, you are a great man. I hope your family recovers quickly. Thankfully, you will all be together this Christmas!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Dec 6, 2010 at 06:17 AM
    I know folks try to help when they see accidents, but you have to know the limits of your abilities. When you see an accident, DO NOT MOVE ANY VICTIMS unless you are trained to do so and have the proper equipment. Wait until rescue units get there. The ONLY time a victim should be moved is if you see fire or other emanate danger after the accident.
  • by Farman Location: Tallahassee on Dec 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Thanks all for your concerns. All of us are towards recovery. Its very hard for us to know that Dr. Lee is no more among us. May GOD bless her soul and will keep praying for her husband health and recovery. GOD BLESS US ALL
  • by Trina Location: Tallahassee on Dec 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Dr. Lee was a wonderful person. She and her husband are the Godparents of my daughter. She will be greatly missed. The last thing she would ever want to do is hurt another person. She was one of the greatest people I'm sure I will ever have the pleasure and honor of knowing. Please pray for her husband.
  • by Friend on Dec 5, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    I have not heard yet Rebekah but will update as long as this story is up. You are right Anonymous, for a short moment, I forgot that.
  • by Rebekah Location: Tallahassee on Dec 5, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Farman, I'm so glad to hear that your family's injuries were not life-threatening. My heart especially goes out to your little girl. The emotional aftermath of such an experience can be as difficult as the experience itself. My family will be praying for you. Friend, do you know if a memorial service is planned for Dr. Lee? (I understand she was a physician specializing in family practice.) We will be praying for her husband as well, and for those who loved her.
  • by Just saying Location: tally on Dec 5, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    you know the other day my country boyfriend got a ticket for loud music just on Ocala, not Tennessee st. So listen people this was a nasty wreck but lay off the dreads and loud music let them get a ticket a few times and then maybe they will learn.
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