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September 10, 2012

Local woman dies from injuries in wreck

Janet Cory was a 2002 graduate of Suwannee High School

Live Oak — A Jennings woman died from injuries sustained in a Saturday night vehicle wreck on I-75 in Hamilton County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol who released the report on the wreck Monday afternoon. 
According to the FHP, Janet Elizabeth Cory, 28, Jennings, was killed when she was ejected from a 2006 Ford Expedition driven by Nicholas Arthur Wilson, 25, Jennings, after it lost control upon entering the interstate just north of exit 467.


The FHP reports that the Expedition entered northbound I-75 from CR 143 around 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. Upon entering the interstate a 2012 Freightliner truck driven by Kenneth J. Woll, 47, of Akron, Ohio, moved to the center lane to allow the Expedition room to merge. The Expedition reportedly lost control and slid across the northbound lanes and impacted the median guardrail. 
The Expedition then rotated off the guardrail and back across the northbound lanes. As it moved across the lanes, the Freightliner was moving to the right lane in an attempt to avoid a crash, the FHP reported. The Expedition then impacted the front left end and side of the Freightliner, causing the Expedition to rotate and slide back into the median guardrail. 
The Expedition came to a final rest against the median guardrail, facing in a northwesterly direction. The Freightliner came to a controlled stop in the outside emergency lane, facing in a northerly direction. 


Cory and fellow passenger Jeffery Matthew Taylor, 21, Jennings, were ejected from the Expedition, the FHP reported. Neither were wearing a seatbelt, according to the FHP.


Taylor suffered serious injuries while Wilson and another passenger in the Expedition, Candace Leann Wilson, 25, Jennings, suffered minor injuries. Taylor and Candace Wilson were transported to South Georgia Medical Center. The Wilsons were wearing a seatbelt, according to the FHP.

Woll received no injuries. Neither did passenger Roger L. Hawkins, 50, Akron, Ohio.

Cory was a 2002 graduate of Suwannee High School. Friends were shocked by her passing.


“Janet always brought a smile. No matter the situation,” said Ashley Waters. “I remember our road trips and family vacations. She loved life, she wore a smile that could light up the room. She would do anything to help someone and most of all loved her kids beyond measure. She will be missed dearly.”


Natalie Jenkins said her friend was always full of laughter.


“She was such a wonderful person and a great mom. When I think of her, I think of her laughter and the big smile she always had,” said Jenkins.

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