Woman killed in 4-vehicle crash identified

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 28-year-old woman died Thursday morning in a four-vehicle crash at St. Johns Bluff Road and Beach Boulevard.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m., an officer was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on a white Ford Crown Victoria driven by Timicia Denise Wimberly that was headed Westbound on Beach Boulevard near Interstate 295, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda.

While in pursuit, the officer initially had the lights and sirens on but due to the heavy traffic in the area at the time, the officer turned off the lights and sirens and slowed down.

"We had her address where she lived due to the traffic there was no need to pursue vehicle so that why turned emergency equipment off. ... She kept going," said Bujeda.

At St. Johns Bluff, Wimberly made a U-turn and began traveling Northbound, Bujeda said. According to witnesses, the Wimberly then went Southbound through the red light at the intersection of Beach and St. Johns Bluff, striking several vehicles.

Wimberly was being pursued as she had an active warrant for violation of probation on drug charges, Bujeda said.

Wimberly died as a result of the crash, according to Bujeda. There were two other people in the Crown Victoria, another passenger and an infant in the backseat, both of whom have non-life-threatening injuries.

The people in the other vehicles also have non-life-threatening injuries, Bujeda said.

A man who identified himself as the fiance of the driver of the white Ford vehicle said his sister and nine-month-old nephew were in the car when called asking them to pull over. The man, who declined to give his name, said he rushed to the scene of the accident at Beach and St. Johns only to find his fiance dead.

Robert Crawford walked away from the crash uninjured. His company work truck was totaled after being hit by a car and then slamming into a pole.

"It happened just like that. I saw the white car, I tried to brake then felt impact. I started spinning around," said Crawford.

All lanes of Beach at St. Johns Bluff were reopened around 2:15 p.m.


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