Jacksonville, FL Collision On I-95, Mar 1999


Jacksonville, Florida - Five people were killed when a semi-trailer truck cut off a Corvette on Interstate 95, sending the car through the median and into oncoming traffic, authorities said Friday.
The 1999 Corvette, driven by RAYMOND COLE, 51, of Powder Springs, Ga., crashed head-on late Thursday with a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria carrying two couples apparently heading home to Tennessee, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper.
COLE and the occupants of the Ford - JAMES MILLS, 63, ANNA MILLS, 63, LYNN OTTINGER, 63, and JUANITA OTTINGER, 64, all of Morristown, Tenn. - died, Leeper said.
The truck driver, Michael Kelley, 53, of Grand Island was cited for an improper lane change, which carries a fine and possible license suspension, Leeper said.
Leeper said the accident occurred when Kelley failed to spot the Corvette when he pulled into the left southbound lane about 15 miles south of Jacksonville.
The Corvette swerved to avoid the truck and lost control, careening through the median and into the path of the Ford, driven by MILLS. There was no indications of excessive speed, Leeper said.

Tampa Bay Times Florida 1999-03-20