Woman killed in crash while fleeing police had long arrest record

Mother: Daughter had troubles but good heart

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 28-year-old woman who died in a crash Thursday on the Southside while fleeing police had an extensive arrest record dating back to 2004.

Timicia Wimberly served two prison sentences, seven months from 2005-06 for forgery and passing counterfeit payment instruments, and two-and-a-half years from 2010-12 for grand theft auto and fleeing police.

She was arrested in October on charges of possession of cocaine, trafficking in opiates, carjacking and reckless driving.

Along with multiple arrests for fleeing police, she's been arrested on charges of reckless driving and hit-and-run.

Jacksonville police said Wimberly (pictured in Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo) ran a red light trying to get away from an officer who tried to pull her over Thursday morning, and her car was struck, killing her.

Three other vehicles were involved in the crash at the intersection of Beach Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road just after 10:30 a.m., and the others hurt in the crash were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Wimberly's mother told Channel 4 on Friday that she was on the phone with her daughter at the time of the crash.

Rocelyn Wimberly said her daughter had her fair share of troubles but had a good heart and was ultimately trying to turn her life around.

"I just want everybody to know she's not a bad person, she just got caught up here in the street life," Rocelyn Wimberly said. "She loved everybody. Her heart goes out to kids. She just loved people."

Rocelyn Wimberly said she was pleading with her daughter to pull over while she was trying to get away from police with her fiance and child in the car. Timicia Wimberly had a warrant out for her arrest for violation of probation on drug charges.

"I was on the phone telling her to stop, stop, stop, and she said, 'Mom, I'm not going back to jail,'" Rocelyn Wimberly said. "I heard boom, bam, bam, and nothing else."

Police said they were not pursing Wimberly at the time of the fatal crash. They said they backed off because of traffic congestion in the area.

Rocelyn Wimberly said she'll rely on her faith in God to get her through the loss of her daughter.

"God doesn't make no mistakes," she said. "She said she was tired, and now she's gone home to be with God. I'm sorry it happened this way, but I just want everybody to know she was not a bad person."

Rocelyn Wimberly said her daughter had a rough upbringing but wanted more out of her life. Timicia Wimberly's 29th birthday would have been later this month.

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