Driver killed, good Samaritan injured on I-95

FHP says witness to first crash stopped to help, was injured in second crash

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:53:48 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 28 2013 10:42:39 AM EST
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -

The one woman was killed and two others -- including a good Samaritan who had stopped to help -- were injured in two crashes on Interstate 95 late Friday night.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Shirley Temple, driver of a 1998 Saturn, was killed in a single-vehicle crash on northbound I-95 at the entrance ramp from State Road 206 just after 11 p.m.   Her car came to rest sideways in a travel lane.

Penny Punnett, who witnessed the wreck, stopped in the emergency lane to render aid.  Punnett, 39, of St. Augustine, and her passenger, Carlos Interiano, were trying to push the wrecked vehicle backwards into the grass median to clear the highway when the car was struck by a 2013 Ford Econoline van.

Troopers say Interiano was able to avoid being hit by the van, but Punnett was struck by the Saturn when it spun counter-clockwise after it was struck.

Temple, from Zebulah, N.C., was transported to the Orange Park Medical Center, but could not be revived. Punnett and a 36-year-old passenger in the van were transported to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine with minor injuries.

The driver of the van, Nely Cuellar, 38, of Jacksonville, was not injured, but the FHP report says charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.