Courthouse steps damaged in crash

There was slight damage to the courthouse steps. Photo available for purchase

There was slight damage to the courthouse steps.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

An out of control car caused minor damage to the Franklin County Courthouse steps Monday afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m, Betty Prince of Apalachicola apparently lost control of a white 1993 Nissan Altima while approaching the John Gorrie Bridge, heading east on US 98.

Apalachicola Police Officer Timmy Davis, who filed the accident report, said he was seated in the office of the state attorney when he saw the car “jump the curve and crash into the Franklin County courthouse steps and come to a stop on the front lawn.”

He said First Responder Ginger Creamer rendered first aid to Prince, whose door had been jammed closed during the collision. Rescuers eventually pried the door open and Prince was taken to the emergency room by ambulance.

Davis reported that Prince told Creamer that “she heard a noise and was unable to control the vehicle.”

Zella Whitehurst told Davis that she had seen the Altima first collide with a red Chevy Malibu parked at Mike’s Quick Cash, before the car turned left towards the courthouse steps.

Larry Barber, who was in the front passenger seat of the Malibu, told Davis he was having some pain in his right arm. The Malibu belonged to Joyce Marie Hendels.



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