NASSAU CO., Fla. – A crash on I-95 near the Florida-Georgia border Saturday evening killed a 12-year-old girl, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Investigators said Ruth Binkley, 19, of St. Augustine, was driving south just before 6 p.m. Saturday when she steered into the inside emergency lane. She then steered back and lost control of the vehicle, striking a Chevrolet Suburban containing two adults and six children from Fort McCoy, Florida.
Binkley's Toyota Corolla began to spin and the SUV overturned, throwing Grace Force, 12, from the vehicle. She was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where she later died. Force was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.
Six others in the SUV were taken to UF Health with minor injuries. Neither Binkley nor her passenger were injured.
The FHP is not sure what caused Binkley to swerve into the emergency lane to begin with.
The investigation and cleanup kept all southbound and two northbound lanes of I-95 just south of the St. Mary's River closed until about 10:30 p.m.