CCSO: Middleburg man runs over, kills wife

Deputies investigating if death was intentional or accidental

Published On: Mar 11 2013 04:52:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2013 12:13:43 PM EDT
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -

The Clay County Sheriff's Office say Brook Collier backed over his wife Saturday night in a Middleburg neighborhood. Deputies said the woman was transferred to a nearby hospital, where she died.

According to the arrest report, the Colliers were arguing in the driveway of their home on Alec Drive about 8:20 p.m. when the wife, Nola Collier, opened the driver's side door of the pickup truck in an effort to stop her husband from leaving.

Witnesses said Brooks Collier continued backing out of the driveway, knocking the wife to the ground, and the left front wheel of the pickup ran over her.  According to the report, Brooks Collier continued driving away.

One of the responding deputies saw the Collier's pickup make a wide turn from Talisman Drive onto Henley Road and run over a raised concrete turn, then continue onto Blanding Boulevard. Deputies pulled over Collier.

The arresting officer who made the traffic stop said there was an odor of alcohol coming from Collier (pictured, left), and he swayed while talking and his eyes appeared slightly red and watery.

Collier, 52, was investigated on a charge of DUI and a blood sample was taken. He was later arrested for failure to remain at the scene of a crash involving a death and booked into the Clay County jail.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Collier was arrested in February 2009 fleeing a law enforcement officer at a high speed and reckless driving.