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Danielle Giesler, 17 -- Car Accident

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JONESVILLE -- A 17-year-old Archer girl died Sunday after sustaining incapacitating injuries in a car accident Friday when her 1997 Ford truck slammed into a fully loaded dump truck on County Road 241 in Jonesville.

Danielle Joy Giesler was transported to Shands at the University of Florida by Alachua County Emergency Medical Service after the accident but she later died from her injuries.

Martha Taylor Green, 68, of Gainesville, was attempting to make a left turn northbound onto County Road 241 from the intersection at Southwest 15th Avenue at about 2:20 p.m. when the accident happened.

Giesler was driving southbound on County Road 241 approaching the same intersection, but Green allegedly failed to notice Giesler’s car.

According to reports, Green violated Giesler’s right-of-way by turning without yielding. Giesler attempted to evade a collision with Green by steering her vehicle to the right, but she then lost control of her truck and traveled into the northbound lane of the road.

Jerry T. Cummings, 38, of Morriston, was driving a fully-loaded dump truck northbound at the time that Giesler’s vehicle drove into his path.

Giesler’s truck then collided head-on with the dump truck, causing the Giesler’s truck to crumple and spin around until facing east and coming to a stop on the shoulder of the road.

Alachua County EMS teams worked to extract Giesler from her crushed vehicle before transporting her to Shands at UF, where she died Sunday morning.

No one else was injured in the accident.

”It’s just one of those terrible things that you wish you could change,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Burroughs said. “Small mistakes can turn into big problems. It was a pretty nasty scene.”



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