Victim in fatal crash identified

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the person who died in an Interstate 10 crash in Jackson County early last Thursday afternoon. From the Central Florida community of Mims in Broward County, the woman was identified as 50-year-old Doris Krupp. A seriously injured teenager from the same vehicle was also identified.

Krupp and 19-year-old Christina Montesano were passengers in a 2001 Dodge Caravan driven by Melissa Montesano, 21, also of Mims.

According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Montesano was eastbound on I-10 at the 145-mile marker when the Caravan entered the grassy center median and started spinning counter-clockwise. The vehicle then entered the westbound travel lanes, crossing into the path of a 2013 Dodge Avenger, according to reports. The front of the Avenger collided with the right rear of the Caravan, and the impact caused both to spin clockwise.

When the Caravan was projected onto the westbound shoulder, Krupp was ejected from the vehicle. The Caravan then came to rest on the westbound shoulder, facing northwest.

As the Avenger spun, a third vehicle was struck by that car. Authorities identified the driver of the third vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Impala, as Gonzales, La., resident Michelle Taylor, 46.

The Avenger was projected to the northwest and came to rest on the westbound shoulder facing southeast. The Impala continued forward and came to rest facing west, partially in the westbound travel lane.

Christina Montesano, of Warrior, Ala., was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries, listed as serious by the FHP.

The driver of the Avenger was identified as 74-year-old Clayton Thompson of Hernando. His passenger was identified as 70-year-old Linda Thompson of the same town. Both were listed as having minor injuries, and both were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Michelle Taylor and her two passengers were listed as having minor injuries and were all taken to Jackson Hospital for treatment. The passengers were identified as 11-year-old Skye Taylor of Gonzales, La., and 68-year-old Brenda Jacque of Darrow, La.

Traffic was backed up several miles, past the Grand Ridge 152-mile marker, as authorities investigated and cleared the wreckage.

A few hours after this crash, authorities were called to other accidents in the vicinity of the 156-mile marker east of Grand Ridge but did not file press releases on those.

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