Family of woman found dead on I-10 speaks out

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By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - September 26, 2017

Travis Collins (Gadsden County Jail)

GADSDEN CO. Fla. (WCTV) -- Family members say everything about Shameria Thomas' death is unusual.

Thomas, 36, died Saturday night. The Florida Highway Patrol says she fell out of a moving car, for some unknown reason, then was run over by two Dodge Caravans.

It happened on I-10 in Gadsden County, about a half mile from the Quincy exit.

One red flag, family members say, is the fact Thomas never drove on I-10 because she was afraid, especially at night.

"I just want my friend back. I just want my friend," said, Marcos Bines, Thomas' friend.

Thomas' cousin, Andrea Johnson, said, "I miss her so much. I'm in disbelief right now. It's hard. It's hard for my family. We want answers."

Thomas' family believes Travis Collins can provide those answers.

Authorities say he was in the car with Thomas before she fell out onto the highway and run over.

Barbara Sailor, Thomas' aunt, said, "We just hope justice is served. We don't know what the situation is. But we know that the truth is going to come out; and we know someone hurt her. We do know that."

Collins was arrested after Thomas' death for violating a restraining order stemming from aggravated battery back in July.

"She called me that morning." Bines said.

Bines says the July battery happened in Thomas' car, with Collins in the back seat while Thomas was driving.

He questions Saturday night's drive on I-10.

"I just really want him to tell the truth and just let us know what happened. Just tell us the truth. Just tell us the truth. That's all we can ask for right now. Give the family some closure," Bines said.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances.

Collins remains in jail, but is not charged with Thomas' death.

By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - September 25, 2017

GADSDEN, CO. Fla. (WCTV) -- Loved ones are grieving after the unthinkable on a busy interstate.

A woman was run over on I-10 Saturday night. Florida Highway Patrol says 36-year-old Shameria Thomas died after falling from a car.

Troopers say it happened in Gadsden County about a mile east of the Quincy exit.

Tallahassee resident Deondra Norwood says her friend, Shameria Thomas, called her Friday. "We talked briefly, then she was like, I love you. But I didn't think that that would be it."

It was the last time she spoke to Thomas.

Sunday morning, Norwood got the devastating call that Thomas had died. "When it hit me, I was torn apart. She was my friend. Whatever happened, she didn't deserve it." She said.

Gadsden County Sheriff's investigators say they're trying to piece together what happened.

Highway troopers first said Thomas exited the car for some unknown reason, before two Dodge Caravans hit her in the road.

"I know Shameria. She wouldn't have just gotten out of the car on her own." Norwood said.

Deputies say Travis Collins was in the car with Thomas when the incident happened. Friends say Collins was Thomas' boyfriend.

He's now in the Gadsden County Jail on unrelated charges. Deputies say those charges are in regards to contempt of court orders stemming from an aggravated battery against Thomas back in July.

Friends can't believe Thomas is now gone.

Alicia Smith said, "She just was an open-hearted person. I knew that we all are going to die. But, I just didn't think that she would die like this. That's a hard way to go."

Investigators aren't saying if Collins was the one driving or any other details at this time.

The investigation is still ongoing.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - September 25, 2017

GADSDEN CO., Fla. (WCTV) – We’re learning new information surrounding the death of a Quincy woman who authorities say died after falling from a vehicle on Interstate 10.

The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened around 8:55 p.m. on Saturday.

Troopers say 36-year-old Shameria Thomas was an occupant of a vehicle that was traveling eastbound on I-10, near mile marker 182.

That's when, for some unknown reason, Thomas exited the vehicle and was left in the road.

A few minutes later, two Dodge Caravans hit Thomas. The undercarriages of both vehicles hit her, causing a fuel tank rupture with the first vehicle.

Both vans pulled over after the occupants reportedly smelled gas. Neither driver noticed Thomas in the road.

The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office has identified one of the individuals in the vehicle that Thomas was riding in as 33-year-old Travis Collins. Officials cannot confirm whether or not Collins was driving the vehicle.

A friend of the victim tells WCTV that Collins was Thomas' boyfriend.

Collins was arrested on Sunday in regards to contempt of court orders stemming from an aggravated battery incident between the couple in July, deputies say.

Collins was booked into the Gadsden County Jail.

GCSO says the events leading up to Shameria Thomas falling into the roadway remain under investigation.

If you have any information, contact Florida Highway Patrol by dialing *FHP, or call the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office at (850) 627-9233.

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