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Woman Released by Police, Then Is Killed After Being Hit by Truck

The Fran Haasch Law Group

A Port Orange woman died early Friday, about two hours after she walked out of the Daytona Beach Police Department and was then hit by a pickup. Kimberly J. Staton, 36, of Port Orange was pronounced dead at 12:10 am. at Halifax Health Medical Center where she was taken following the crash at 10:18 p.m. Thursday, police said.

The crash occurred on Williamson Boulevard near Valor Boulevard, which is the entrance to the police department. Ormond Beach police first encountered Staton about 12:40 pm Thursday when she was found passed out in a bathroom and was rushed to Ormond Memorial Hospital, Daytona Beach police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Daytona Beach police received a call about an unruly intoxicated person at the hospital just before 6:30 p.m. That person was Staton, who was cleared by the hospital to leave, Flynt said. Although Staton didn’t face any criminal charges, she was taken to the police station because she was too intoxicated to be released on her own, he said.

At 10 pm, Staton was allowed to leave, Flynt said. According to an accident report, Staton ran across Williamson Boulevard, in a construction area, right into the path of a pickup driven by Robert W. Fowler of Port Orange. Fowler was traveling at tile posted speed limit of 45 mph and was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the woman, police said. No charges have been filed in the crash.

By Gary Taylor

Orlando Sentinel
Orange County
May 7, 2011

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