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One Dead in Fatal Car Accident on SW 34th Street

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A woman in her 40s was killed on SW 34th Street on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. At least two other vehicles were involved.
A 51-year-old woman was killed on SW 34th Street on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. At least two other vehicles were involved.” credit=”Katie Campbell / WUFT News

UPDATE, 9:10 a.m.: The victim has been identified as Marion Rose Harvey, 51. According to Tobias, Harvey was rear-ended and pushed into a stationary truck in front of her.

“When officers arrived, she still had a pulse and CPR was performed, however her condition rapidly declined due to the traumatic injuries,” Tobias said in a release. “She was pronounced dead at the ER.”

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: The Gainesville Police Department announced via Twitter that SW 34th Street has been reopened.

Original Post: A female scooter driver in her 40s was killed Wednesday in an accident that occurred near the 34th Street Wall at 7:20 p.m.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said a northbound vehicle struck the scooter from behind, propelling the scooter into a pickup truck. As of about 9:30 p.m., GPD had identified the victim and was working on notifying the family.

“We do not believe that alcohol is a factor in the crash, and we’re not sure if any unlawful speed was a factor in the crash,” Tobias said. “I know the vehicles that you see may indicate something different, may indicate a pretty high velocity, but our investigators still have a lot of work to do to figure out what’s going on.”

At this point in the investigation, nothing has indicated fault or criminal activity; no citations have been issued nor will any be issued until the completion of the full investigation.

Tobias said he believes the driver of the northbound vehicle was taken to the hospital, but no other serious injuries have been reported. Those involved in the accident are “obviously rattled and shaken up a little bit.”

“Any time that they’re involved in such a traumatic incident, it’s a very serious thing for them,” he said. “What we do is we bring a crisis team, which works with the Alachua County Crisis Health Center. We have a team of counselors that will come out on scene and speak with these drivers because we understand that it’s a very traumatic time for them.”

Tobias estimated traffic delays lasting until at least 11 p.m. if not later.

“Whenever we have an investigation such as this, and you can see the debris field that was left by this unfortunate crash,” he said, “we have to go through every single piece debris that’s on the roadway because even the smallest piece can tell us how the crash occurred.”

Traffic is currently being diverted through the University of Florida’s campus to Radio Road and SW 2nd Avenue.


Sydney Martin contributed to this report. 

About Erica A. Hernandez

Erica is a reporter who can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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  1. Who should be blamed in this incident? A fatal accident would happen sooner or later at that location. I have seen so many car accidents in front of the 34 street wall. Maybe one or two per week. I just do not know why car accidents keep happening there and no actions have been taken at all to solve that problem. It seems to me that reducing the speed limit by 10 can save a lot of lives.

  2. That is so sad. I hear about a lot of accidents on that road. I am always stressed while driving on that stretch of 34th. Everyone seems to be in a hurry, switching lanes and speeding along. I think they should lower the speed limit there.

  3. Also the neighborhoods along that stretch, across from that wall…the entrances are masked behind the hill when heading south so I always go a little slower because it slants up and its hard to see cars coming out of those neighborhoods when there are multiple cars on the road.

  4. I used to live in Gainesville and did everything I could to avoid 34th street. Kind of hard to avoid but dangerous.

  5. WHEN will the City of Gainesville realize that making traffic two lanes, switching to one lane is dangerous. Don’t get me started the the totally idiotic, expensive crap they did to the downtown area by making 2 lanes to 1 lane. Oh yeah, I am going ride my bike from Tower Rd to Main…yeah that’s going to happen!!! Do they not realize that the “money makers” in Gainesville live in the SW. No parking, little road side parking, heavier traffic due to making LESS roads!!! Now let’s add additional dangers around town that KILL PEOPLE because doing things like they did here, the road in front of Publix is now Right turn only WHY! I can’t tell you how many times I have had to change lines in a dangerous, quick way because I have forgotten about the lane change. It is making that intersection dangerous because traffic slams to a stop with all of the forward traffic continuing to go forward is funneled from two lanes into one lane.

  6. The speed limit needs to be reduced, even if it is from Radio rd. to SW 2nd. If there is a red light at SW 2nd, it does not take long for cars to back up. The lanes go from three to two and there is a hill impairing vision of stopped cars. I live in the neighborhood right where this happened at, the entrance is even in the picture above. Pulling into my neighborhood today (the day after) someone was forced to lock up their breaks, coming with in a foot or two of rear-ending a stopped car from a red light. This was at the exact same spot of where this tragedy occurred. In the report above it’s stated that there is no proof of an unlawful speed and that’s because the speed limit is too high. It seems blatantly obvious that the speed limit is too high. The combination of not being able to see over the hill, a reduction in lanes, a close traffic light, and the distraction of the painted wall is asking for tragedy. It is inexcusable if the speed limit is not reduced. With the amount of scooter riders in Gainesville, it is asking for another horrific tragedy.

    • The speed limit is not the problem. There is no use for speed limits if the police do not enforce the law. There are very little speed traps in GNV and cars routinely travel 45+MPH on major streets.

  7. If Obamacare is so important to Obama, why doesn’t he even talk about it anymore?

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