Women dies after pulling over on Florida’s Turnpike

November 23, 2010

The Sun-Sentinel reports that 38-year-old Lisa Michelle Kemp was killed in a car accident after pulling her car over to the side of Florida’s Turnpike. Lisa Michelle was well known in Broward County as a gospel singer and she leaves her husband and three young children behind.

According to reports, Kemp had dropped off a family friend in Plantation, and although she was low on fuel, she decided to get on the highway because she was running late to pick up her husband. Upon running out gas, she pulled over to the side of the road near Coconut Creek Parkway. At that point, Andrew Booth Buckman lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup and rear-ended Kemp killing her instantly.

Just two days after her death, a similar accident ended the life of two more people and left three others in serious condition. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the five people were traveling southbound on Florida’s I-95 in Fort Lauderdale when they pulled off the road near Sunrise Blvd. to change a flat tire. The driver of a 2000 Toyota Camry lost control of her vehicle and slammed into the SUV and the people around it.

These car accidents on highways in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County and South Florida highlight the dangers of stopping on a highway shoulder. The National Safety Council suggests that you turn your emergency flashers on, get your vehicle completely away from the roadway, put reflectorized triangles behind the vehicle to alert other drivers, raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window so police officers or tow truck operators will know that you need help, and don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If possible, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

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