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.