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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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