'Drive safely' sign left in memory of UNF student killed in head-on crash


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A sign reading “Drive safely” was placed near the area where a University of North Florida student was killed in a crash last February.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said 23-year-old Keith Jackson was headed north on Roosevelt Boulevard when he turned left on Edgewood Avenue into the path of 20-year-old Laura Erdelyi's car.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue said Erdelyi died on the scene and Jackson was taken to UF Health Jacksonville.
Nearly a year later, a sign was placed near the site of the crash reading, “Drive safely in memory Laura Anne Erdelyi.”

Erdelyi’s father posted the following statement on Facebook after seeing a photo of the sign:

Susan and I were surprised when we passed by the sign this morning provided by the state of Florida. Thank you to Melissa Dawn Sizemore for taking the photo and sending it to us tonight. Just so you know it is on the opposite side of the road and it does not look like a safe place to visit. Alexis, Susan and I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Police said neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash.

Jackson was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic and faced a $164 fine.