[tabi] FW: Woman struck by a car while jogging dies from injuries

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:54:33 -0500

Below is from the Democrat in the last few days:

Anita Neal, struck earlier in the week by a car
y-car-while-jogging-dies-from-injuries#>  while she was jogging on Capital
Circle Northeast, died on Friday.

Neal is the latest pedestrian death in Florida, named by one advocacy group
as the most dangerous state in the nation.

Neal, a Jacksonville native, moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State
University and never left.

"She loved it" in Tallahassee, said her sister, Tracie Collier. "She thought
it was the greatest place in the world to raise a family."

Neal leaves behind a teen daughter. The 48-year-old Neal was
health-conscious, generous and compassionate, Collier said.

Family visitation is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel AME
Church, 501 W. Orange Ave., according to Darryl Jones, executive director of
the Bethel Community Development Corporation. Her funeral is 11 a.m.
Thursday, also at Bethel.

Neal was a member at Bethel, where she was active in the music ministry and
youth programs, Collier said.

"She loved people, she was very giving, very generous and caring, a
Christian," Collier said. "She had a lot of friends. There have been a lot
of calls, an outpouring from her professional community and a close-knit
network of friends there."

Neal was an account executive for Sprint Nextel, where she'd worked for more
than 20 years.

Woman struck by a car while jogging dies from injuries

A spokesperson for the Tallahassee Police Department said on Saturday that
an investigation into the Tuesday crash is ongoing. No charges have been
filed. Police earlier identified 53-year-old Lynn Renaud as the driver of
the vehicle that struck Neal.

Police reports indicated Neal was among a group of runners heading south on
Capital Circle Northeast near Park Avenue early on Tuesday morning. Neal was
in the roadway, running in the bike lane, as Renaud was moving into the turn

Florida is a dangerous place for pedestrians.

Transportation for America, an advocacy group, ranked Florida the worst
state in the nation for pedestrian fatalities in its report, Dangerous by
Design 2011. From 2000 to 2009, the report said, there were 5,263 pedestrian
deaths in Florida, representing more than 16 percent of all traffic
fatalities during that same time.

Four metropolitan areas in Florida were the worst in the nation, according
to the report. Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Miami topped
the list for worst rate of pedestrian deaths.

Tallahassee was not included in the study.

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