Kristina Trudell of Davie, Florida was killed Friday after she entered South Federal Highway on foot and was struck by a car driven by Laura Thorn, news sources report. Trudell, 32, was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center, where she passed away. Thorn, 28, of Boca Raton, was not injured. Police are currently investigating the matter.
According to reports, Trudell’s father, Philip Trudell, claims his daughter was bipolar and participating in a treatment program for addiction. Despite his daughter’s problems, the accident may not have been a suicide attempt, Philip reportedly indicated. He apparently told the press, “[Kristina Trudell] had been taking her meds and seemed to be doing pretty [well].”
Reports say the incident occurred Friday in the 3200 block of South Federal Highway in Broward County. Trudell was a passenger in a Hyundai, which at some point pulled onto the side of the northern lanes of the highway. The press did not say why the vehicle pulled to the side of the road. The driver has not been identified in public reports.
When the vehicle pulled over, Trudell exited the parked vehicle and walked into the northbound lanes of the highway, sources say. Officials still aren’t sure why Trudell wandered into the road. Thorn was reportedly unable to stop in time and struck Trudell.
Trudell was rushed to the Broward Health Medical Center, where, sadly, she died of her injuries at around 11:40 Friday night. Thorn was reportedly uninjured; she stayed at the crash site and cooperated with traffic homicide investigators, sources indicate.
Broward County is one of the largest counties in South Florida. With a large population comes lots of drivers, which leads to plenty of car crashes. In 2010, there were 28,233 traffic crashes in the county, which resulted in 179 fatalities and 20,540 injuries, records from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles indicate. The car crash count shot up from the year before, during which 25,957 crashes, 20,249 injuries, and 189 fatalities were recorded.
Earlier this week, Delray Beach resident Amanda Patterson was killed and an unidentified man seriously injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident, sources report. Patterson was a passenger; the driver sustained critical injuries and was taken to the Delray Medical Center. The crash is still under investigation.
According to reports, the accident took place around 11:00 Sunday evening at Hampton Circle on Old Germantown Road. The make and model of the car have not been released. The driver apparently lost control and the vehicle rolled over numerous times. It is not clear whether the two victims were wearing seat belts, but both apparently flew out of the vehicle during the crash.
Coincidentally, a Fort Lauderdale fire chief and a retired Delray Beach firefighter were nearby and were able to provide assistance while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Despite the extra aid, Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, sources say. The driver suffered severe injuries and was rushed to the Delray Medical Center. An update on his condition was not immediately available at press time.