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Grand Ridge Woman Dies In I-10 Wreck

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Alisa Danielle Humphrey, 23, of Grand Ridge died in an accident on I-10 west of State Road 286 Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 2:40 AM

A 2011 Peterbuilt Semi, driven by Joe M. Harris, 48, of Borger TX was traveling east on I-10.  The semi was stopped in the outside emergency lane east of the weigh station driveway. 

The 2008 Kia Optima, driven by Humphrey, was traveling eastbound in the outside lane when the semi began moving eastbound attempted to merge into traffic into the path of the Kia.  Humphrey did not have an opportunity to avoid the semi which resulted in the front portion of the Kia striking the semi's left rear trailer corner. 

Alisa Humphrey was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.  Charges are pending investigation.

See also Alisa Humphrey Obituary

Two Die In 3 Car Accident on I-10

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a May 25 accident 2 miles west of SR286 on I-10 took the lives of two and critically injured two others.

A 2005 Dodge Pickup truck driven by Gary E Richeson, 46, of Crestview was westbound on I-10.  A 2014 Hyundai Sonata driven by Burton C. Cummings, 50 of Tallahassee was driving eastbound in the inside lane.  Another vehicle traveling east in the outside lane was a 2015 Toyota Prius driven by Nichole D. Blaquiere, 31, of St. Petersburg FL.

About 2 miles west of State Road 286, the Dodge truck veered to the left crossing the median into the eastbound traffic colliding with the Hyundai.  The impact caused the Hyundai to collide with the Toyota.

The Dodge Truck and the Hyundai came to rest blocking both eastbound lanes on I-10.  The Toyota came to rest on the eastbound shoulder of I-10.

Melanie Mae Richeson, 47, of Crestview a passenger in the Dodge Truck was killed in the accident, as well as Burton C. Cummings, driver of the Hyundai.

Gary E. Richeson was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in critical condition

Tracy L. Cummings, 47, of Tallahassee was a passenger in the Hyundai was also transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and listed in critical condition.

All drivers and passengers were wearing seatbelts.  Charges are pending investigation.


Fatal Car Crash in Grand Ridge

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that an early morning crash took the life of a 23 year old Grand Ridge man on May 4, 2015.

A 2006 Mitsubishi driven by Juquan Jerome Goodson, 23, of Grand Ridge was traveling south on SR 69 at a high rate of speed and lost control inside a right hand curve. The vehicle traveled into the west ditch rotating clockwise and impacting a concrete power pole where it came to rest.

Juquan Jerome Goodson was pronounced deceased at the scene by Jackson County Fire and Rescue. A passenger in the vehicle, Dequantaye Jerod Burns, 23, of Sneads was transported to Jackson Hospital in serious condition.

Neither victim was wearing a seatbelt.

Jackson County Republican Leader Steps Down

After many years of service to Jackson County and the state of Florida, Gina Stuart has stepped down from the Republican State Committeewoman position. Stuart has worked on many campaigns over the past 26 years including Bob Dole, George H W Bush, George W Bush, Jeb Bush, John McCain, Rick Scott, Marti Coley, Brad Drake and Steve Southerland as well as Republican candidates to the Cabinet.

“It has been a learning experience for me and I have enjoyed the interaction with the Governor's Office as well as our State Representative’s Office” Stuart said.

“Due to personal matters I feel it is in my best interest to resign." Stuart explained. "I cannot begin to tell you how much I will miss being involved locally, district wide, statewide and nationally. Thank you for giving me these wonderful years.”

The Republican Executive Committee selected Alice Pate, to fill the vacant position of State Committeewoman until the next election. Committeemen and women are elected for four year terms at the first primary of the Presidential election year by registered Republican electors within the county.

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