Wreck lands baby, woman in hospital

Wreck lands baby,
woman in hospital
A Putnam County woman and
a baby were hospitalized with
injuries Tuesday night after an
accident north of State Road
100, according to a Florida
Highway Patrol news release.
Taken to Shands at the
University of Florida in critical
condition was Megan Michaela
Mackie, 22, of 104 Homestead
Road, as was a baby in serious
condition. The baby’s name
was not released. The accident
occurred at 7:57p.m. on
County Road 3090 north of
State Road 100.
Mackie was driving a 1999
Ford Escort north on CR 3090
when she drifted off the road to
the left, hit a culvert, went
airborne, struck branches on a
pine tree and overturned to
land on the roof, the release
stated.
Mackie was wearing her seat
belt and the infant was in a
restrained child seat. They had
to be removed from the car
with a cutting tool while
witnesses said they put out a
small fire with water.
FHP is continuing to investigate
why Mackie drove off the
road.
– Cindy Swirko
Gainesville Sun
Alachua County
April21, 2011