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Witnesses recall trying to rescue girl from deadly accident

HILLIARD, Fla. – A 12-year-old girl was killed in an accident Saturday evening when her family's Chevrolet Suburban overturned on Interstate 95 near the Florida-Georgia border. 

Grace Force was in the SUV with her two parents and five siblings when they were struck by a car that had lost control, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Grace was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where she later died.

Troopers said Ruth Binkley, 19, was driving south just before 6 p.m. when she steered into the inside emergency lane, steered back and lost control of the car, striking the Force family's Chevrolet Suburban. The SUV overturned.

The rest of the family was taken to UF Health with minor injuries. The 1-year-old was the only person in the SUV not hurt in crash.

Neither Binkley nor her passenger was injured.

Larry Musto witnessed the incident and stopped to help the family.

"It's heartbreaking. I almost lost it watching the girl get CPR," said Musto. "I was the first to the SUV and it was quiet. I looked inside and the family was out. By that time, more people stopped."

Musto's fiancee, Ashley Armstrong, was with him when they stopped to help the Force family. 

"There was blood everywhere," said Armstrong. "You could smell the fuel leaking from the vehicle. Everyone was unconscious when they opened the vehicle. The father was the first to wake and they passed the baby through the window."

The father, Raymond Force, is a pastor who travels conducting marriage seminars. The family lives in the Ocala area. They are asking for prayers and support.

 


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