Woman dragged from truck during DUI crash

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woman is recovering after authorities said she was dragged from a truck during a traffic crash on the city's northwest side.

Sgt. Michael Paul with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said patrol officers were dispatched to the intersection of Wilcox and State Streets around 10:10 p.m. Tuesday.

It was initially believed the female victim was intentionally struck by the truck, Paul explained. However, he said officers have since learned that was not the case.

Paul detailed that the woman, who's believed to be in her 20's, was in a disagreement with a man in his 50's, who was reported to be driving the truck.

The man was actively trying to keep the woman from exiting the moving vehicle, Paul said, but the truck crashed and reportedly flipped over as the woman was being dragged on the ground a short distance.

"She was actually trying to exit the vehicle while the vehicle was moving or was in motion and basically got hung up on the door and was drug a short distance. But, she was not intentionally run over or drugged from what we can tell," he explained.

Emergency crews rushed the unidentified woman to the trauma center at UF Health Jacksonville, where initially she was said to be in life-threatening condition with several broken bones.

But, Paul mentioned that her condition has since been upgraded to stable.

He also reported that alcohol was involved in the crash and that charges could be filed depending on the outcome of the DUI investigation.

The man was taken into custody for questioning, but has not been formally arrested.


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