Woman critically injured in SR 12 N crash Monday night
by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
A Panama City woman was Life Flighted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after being critically injured in a wreck on SR 12 N in Liberty County Monday night.
Emergency workers called to the scene discovered 25-year-old Elizabeth Thompson unconscious in the driver’s seat of her 2004 Mazda Tribute, which had landed on its side after rolling over several times. She was removed from the wreckage after a pocket knife was used to cut away the seatbelt.
After noticing a child seat, booster seat and several pieces of baby clothing in the car, volunteer firefighters combed the area, fearing that a child had been thrown out of the vehicle. It was later learned that Thompson was traveling alone.
According to the FHP report, Thompson was eastbound on SR 12 in the area of Meredith Road, near the Gadsden County line around 10:15 p.m. when she traveled onto the south shoulder of the road. She overcorrected when she tried to return to her lane and her SUV began rotating counterclockwise.
As the vehicle spun around, it crossed SR 12 onto the north shoulder and rolled. The Mazda overturned several times before coming to rest on its passenger’s side in the eastbound lane of SR 12, facing southwest.
An eastbound vehicle drove up just after the accident and, due to the curvature of the road and low lighting conditions, hit the overturned SUV.
The driver, Charina Marlowe, 42, of Quincy, braked and counter-steered but was unable to avoid a collision, according to the FHP trooper’s report. The front right of her 2000 Nissan Frontier hit the rear section of the Mazda. After impact, Marlowe came to a controlled stop on the north shoulder. The impact caused the Mazda to partially rotate clockwise.
The crash report indicated it was unknown if alcohol played a factor in the March 6 wreck.