Elderly Woman Struck, Killed by Loose Tire

An elderly woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a freak traffic accident on Interstate-10 in Jackson County.

The mishap happened at the westbound Rest Area on I-10 shortly before 2:00 PM Sunday.

The Florida Highway Patrol says a 79-year-old Cecilla Gagnon of Deming, N.M., was killed when she was struck by a tire which had come off of a semi tractor trailer rig.

Troopers say the woman was walking on a sidewalk at the rest area. The tires which had separated from the front axle traveled off the highway into the westbound rest area where woman was struck suddenly.

The woman died at the scene.

The truck driver, 35 year old Brian Sealey of Leland, North Carolina, has not been charged.

The investigation is on going and troopers say charges are pending on the outcome of the probe.

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