Suwannee Democrat

August 10, 2006

in two Interstate 10 crashes


A Texas woman died in a one-vehicle crash Aug. 9 on Interstate 10. The next day, Aug. 10, a Gainesville woman also was killed on I-10.

The two deaths bring the number of fatalities this year in Suwannee County to 18.

Gainesville resident Jennifer Anne Sivinski, 28, died Aug. 10 at about 10:10 a.m., one mile east of US 129 on I-10 when the 2006 Chrysler she was driving struck a tree. Her passenger, Emily G. King, 30, also of Gainesville, was injured. Both women had on their seat belts when the crash happened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Sivinski was westbound when the vehicle entered the left lane, then the left median and rotated clockwise back across I-10, traveling onto the north shoulder and into the ditch before striking a large pine tree with the driver’s door before it came to a rest against the pine tree, FHP said. Sivinski died at the scene while King was transported to Shands at UF for treatment of her injuries.

FHP Trooper Bruce D. Simmons investigated the crash and the fatality.

Killed Aug. 9 was Tabitha Ann Cantor, 36, of Conroe, Texas, according to FHP.

Cantor was a passenger in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Erik P. Jessen, 25, also of Conroe, Texas, FHP said. Neither of the two people in the vehicle had on their seat belts, FHP said.

According to FHP, Jessen was eastbound on I-10 in the outside travel lane on I-10 about 1.5 miles northeast of Live Oak at about 9:05 a.m. when the crash happened. For unknown reasons, Jessen allowed the truck to veer to the right off the travel portion of the roadway and onto the sloped, grassy shoulder, FHP said. When Jessen attempted to brake and steer back left to correct his direction of travel, it caused the truck to spin counter-clockwise, strike a raised culvert and “trip” the truck, causing it to roll over several times to its right. It was while the truck was rolling that Castor was ejected from the vehicle and sustained critical injuries that caused her death at the scene, FHP said. Jessen was flown by emergency helicopter to Shands at UF for treatment of serious injuries, FHP said.

FHP Sgt. Steven Coody investigated this crash, while Cpl. Jessie T. Stalnaker JR. investigated the fatality.