Woman killed in crash at Plantation entrance

Ashley Marie Nichols

Ashley Marie Nichols

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM.

A 36-year-old St. George Island woman died early Sunday morning after her car overturned near the entrance of St. George Plantation.

Ashley Marie Nichols, 36, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Franklin County emergency medical staff, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report, filed by Cpl. Matthew Kirkland.

The report said Nichols, driving a 1992 Acura Legend, was traveling west on Gulf Beach Drive about 3:20 a.m. when she failed to negotiate a curve at the entrance to the St. George Plantation, near Leisure Lane.

The vehicle traveled off the roadway onto the south shoulder, and overturned, striking several trees and ejecting Nichols, before coming to rest on its roof facing easterly. The FHP report said Nichols was not wearing a seat belt, and that a determination whether the crash was alcohol-related was pending.

The highway patrol was assisted on scene by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Franklin County EMS , and the St. George Island Fire Department. Nichols was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and the medical examiner’s office for a post-mortem examination.

Nichols worked as innkeeper of the St. George Inn . Senior Innkeeper Christina Woolston and Owner Olivier Monod posted a statement on Facebook after the accident.

“She has been a vibrant contribution to our establishment,” they wrote. “Ashley had four children; her younger one, Jordan is 3; Sean is 10; Autumn is 13; and Cindi is 17. If you can spare the time, feel free to mail (rather than email) a note addressed to them c/o St. George Inn, P.O. Box 250, Apalachicola, FL 32329. You may express and share memories of their mother, or any thoughts that you deem encouraging and comforting.”

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