Woman Killed On Florida Turn[ike After Rear End With Fire Truck

December 27, 2009
An accident involving a fire truck on the Florida’s Turnpike killed an elderly woman in Lake County on Christmas Day.

Virginia Sellitto, 88, of Titusville, was riding in a 2004 Hyundai driven by 58-year-old Kathleen Higgins, also of Titusville. The Hyundai was driving north at about 8:20 a.m. behind a fire truck in the inside lane of the Turnpike. At least two other vehicles, a Dodge Ram and a Ford F-150, were behind the Hyundai, Florida Highway Patrol said.

Witnesses said the fire truck, which was responding to a call for service, slowed abruptly to make a U-turn at the official U-turn slot in the median. The front of the Hyundai struck the rear of the fire truck, setting off a chain reaction that involved the fire truck, the Hyundai and the two pickup trucks…