ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian accident in St. Augustine had all lanes of Interstate 95 blocked just North of World Golf Village early Thursday morning.
The incident occurred just before 6 a.m. as a woman's father-in-law, 82-year-old Charles Burnice Sherrill, attempted to cross the northbound lanes of I-95 to reach her disabled vehicle, according to Sgt. Dylan Bryan with Florida Highway Patrol.
The woman was traveling northbound on I-95 between International Golf Parkway and County Road 210 when her car gave trouble and she pulled to the side of the roadway and called her family for assistance, Dylan detailed.
Sherrill was initially struck in the right lane by a 2000 Hyundai Elantra, whose driver immediately stopped and called for help. Sherrill was subsequently struck by other vehicles while lying in the roadway.
The crash occurred just before 6 a.m. Thursday as a woman's father-in-law attempted to cross the Southbound lanes of I-95 to reach her disabled vehicle on the Northbound side of I-95. Richard McKinney, First Coast News
Jeremy Robshaw with St. Johns County Fire Rescue said Sherrill was deceased upon the arrival of first responders. An FHP report stated that Sherrill was wearing dark clothing.
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office also responded and diverted traffic from I-95 until the roadway reopened at 9:30 a.m.
Neighbors say the victim in a Thursday morning crash was always willing to lend a hand. Mike Lyons
Neighbors of Sherrill said he went by the nickname "Pete," was a good neighbor and and was in good health for a man of 82.
Anyone with any information on the accident is asked to call FHP at (904) 301-3700.
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David Williams is On Your Side with how to help someone safely on the highway. David Williams
The Florida Highway Patrol says it does not encourage anyone to cross travel lanes on foot unless it is an absolute emergency. If you break down and you can't get to an exit:
- Quickly but safely to either shoulder as far away from the road as you can.
- Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
If you are trying to help someone, FHP Sargent Dylan Bryan said the safest thing you can do is, "Go down to the next exit, turn around and pull up behind that vehicle. And, also activate your emergency equipment."