On Tuesday, July 14, 2009, just after 1:00 a.m, officers were notified of an apparent traffic related fatality by personnel from Northside Hospital. A man had pulled up to the emergency room with a passenger who had suffered traumatic head injures. Hospital personnel were told that the woman was leaning out of the passenger window and struck her head on a mailbox in the 4600 block of Lake Boulevard.
The woman, a 20 year old female, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver of the truck has been identified as Karl Norman Jeckel, 24, of Clearwater, FL. Mr.Jeckel was driving a 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck and was on his to his home in the Lakes subdivision where the crash occurred. Evidence obtained at this stage would indicate that Ms. Gaskin was extending her upper body out of the passenger side window area when her head struck a mailbox.
The victim has been identified as Angela Gaskin, 20, of Ocala, FL. Ms, Gaskin has recently been residing with Mr. Jeckel. At this point the investigation is continuing, and thus far the description of the incident is consistent with the evidence. Traffic homicide investigators are continuing their examination into all facets of this incident.
Prepared by: Lieutenant Paul J. Andrews, PIO