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UPDATE: Eastpoint woman killed in Friday morning crash

This story has been updated from an earlier version. to reflect name of  woman, as provided by her family.

A Friday morning crash in Eastpoint that blocked U.S. 98. for five hours took the life of a 27-year-old Eastpoint woman.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, at about 10:54 a.m., the woman, Haylee Brooke Warrick,  was driving a sports utility vehicle westbound on U.S. 98, about two miles east of State Route 65, just east of the Franklin County Schools. When she failed to negotiate a curve to the left, and her right-side tires left the roadway, the SUV continued westbound partially off the roadway before veering left, and crossing into the eastbound lane directly in front of a pick-up truck.

The driver, a 17-year-old woman from Bristol, veered the truck to the right to avoid the collision but both vehicles’ fronts collided, and the vehicles came to a final rest in the eastbound lane.

The SUV’s driver, who was wearing her seatbelt, died at the scene. The woman driving the truck, who FHP said was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Her passenger, an 85-year-old woman also from Bristol, sustained minor injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol was assisted on-scene by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department, and St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department.

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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