A prominent member of the
Sharon H. Thoman, 67, a former president of the board of the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District, died after her car ran off the road around 12:10 p.m. as it was headed westbound on U.S. 98, a little more than one mile west of County Road 647.
Thoman was a staffer at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab at Alligator Point.
According to the report filed by Florida Highway Patrol crash investigator, Sgt, Aaron Stephens, and homicide investigator Cpl. Scotty Lolley, Thoman’s vehicle exited the roadway to the north shoulder, and she tried to correct by steering to the left, and then overcorrected to the right and lost control of the 2006 Kia Sorrento.
The report said the vehicle overturned an unknown number of times and entered a water-filled ditch, where it came to rest facing southeast on its roof, with Thoman trapped inside, underwater. When they arrived, the state troopers found the vehicle facing north, upright, on the north shoulder, because it was moved by Taylor County Fire and Rescue.
Thoman was taken to Doctor’s
Carrabelle woman charged with DUI manslaughter
Rebecca Padowitz, 23, was arrested on Oct. 4 by
Crash reports showed Padowitz’s blood alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit the day of the crash, which was her 23rd birthday.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Padowitz spun out on a curve on U.S. 98 near
Padowitz sustained serious injuries and was treated at
County retains lawyer in fishing pier case
The commissioners Oct. 2 voted unanimously to hire Robert Dees, certified by the Florida Bar in maritime and admiralty law.
Greg Preble, from the Preble-Rish engineering firm, shared a proposal at the meeting to repair the165-foot gap in the pier and the broken pilings and dangling pipes and cables. He said equipment from the barge fell into the water, along with three concrete sections of the bridge, creating a potential liability for the county.
He said it is so far too expensive to send divers to inspect the situation below the water, but he believed the heavy bridge decking may have damaged remaining pilings below the water line.
Preble said the project would require a budget of about $900,000, comprising a 16-foot wide timber pier superstructure on concrete pilings, capable of withstanding pedestrians, emergency vehicles and new storms, for $600,000, another $200,000 for debris removal and an additional $100,000 in case further damage is detected.
The debris would be removed to make way for new pilings, and placed on top of the existing debris site in the water, rather than hauled offshore.
Preble estimated the project would take eight months assuming no regulatory delays, half of that spent in construction, and would be completed by June 1, 2013.
The commissioners voted to take the funds out of the $1.66 million in the bridge fund, which was set up by the state after it built the new bridge a decade ago.
Shuler cautioned the commissioners that recouping the money is not necessarily a sure thing. “There are no guarantees,” he said. “Keep expectations reasonable.”