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Woman killed in crash on Jacksonville University campus

Police say second person injured when car crashed into buillding

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – A car crashed into a building at Jacksonville University early Saturday morning, killing a 31-year-old woman and injuring a second person in the vehicle, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

An off-duty officer responding about 1:30 a.m. found a car crashed into a building and two people trapped inside. The driver, later identified as Kaylie Smith, of Jacksonville Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jacksonville Fire-Rescue was able to get the passenger, a young male, out of the vehicle. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering at a local hospital. His name and age have not been released.

Police said the vehicle was driving west on Merrill Road at a high rate of speed and went through the intersection with University Boulevard North. The car did not stop at the gate, but drove through campus, crashing into a building.

Police said no one on campus was injured.

Traffic homicide detectives are investigating the crash. 

Smith's family has set up a trust fund for her 10-year-old son at Navy Federal Credit Union. To donate, contact Navy Federal and use Account No. 11677396.