UPDATE: Woman charged after Hwy. 98 accident injures two, snarls traffic (PHOTOS)

kimberly ann fressell

Kimberly Ann Fressell

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 at 04:39 PM.

TUESDAY UPDATE (by Angel McCurdy of the Northwest Florida Daily News)

A 44-year-old woman was arrested Monday on charges of driving intoxicated and causing serious bodily injury to another.

Kimberly Ann Fressell of Santa Rosa Beach was driving on U.S. Highway 98 around 1:40 p.m. when she attempted to turn left in front of approaching westbound traffic, according to Fressell’s Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Fressell’s car hit a sport utility vehicle heading westbound U.S. 98 at the intersection of Airport Road. The wreck injured two individuals, a man and woman who have not been identified.

A medical helicopter transported the man to a trauma center in Pensacola. According to the report, the crash caused the two individuals serious injury to their face that will leave a scar and possibly permanent disfigurement.

All westbound lanes were shut down for about an hour after the wreck, according to Philip Metz, medical division chief for the Destin Fire Department. Traffic was rerouted down Airport Road and Commons Drive.

Immediately after the crash, Fressell got out of her car and attempted to hide a bottle of wine from view, the report said. Witnesses told deputies at the scene and they were able to find the concealed bottle.



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