Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Wednesday, May 21, deputies of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Florida Highway Patrol with a traffic crash involving a vehicle vs. pedestrian on State Road 53 North near Duval Pond, resulting in a fatality.
The pedestrian, 38-year-old Gloria Jean Christian of Madison was reported to be at roadside when a truck driven by 54-year-old Eric Hammond Jr., struck Christian and she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Due to the charges placed by the Florida Highway Patrol, it is indicated that alcohol may be a contributing factor.
Eric Hammond Jr., was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail. Hammond was charged with D.U.I. resulting in Death.
The investigation continues by the Florida Highway Patrol.