Although Olivette Wilson moved in with her fiance last month, she always drove home at dawn to sip coffee with her mother and stepfather. Sometimes she ate dinner with them. Her family teased "Ollie" that she hadn't really left home. Ms. Wilson, 24, was minutes from her family's Wyatt Drive house at 6:50 a.m. Monday when her 1988 Mercury was hit head-on by a car carrying five teen-agers. She died in surgery at Tampa General Hospital.
The teen-agers were injured in the accident.
Investigators said Brian McCoy, 16, of 7422 12th Ave. S in Palm River, was eastbound on Palm River Road when a truck pulled into his path from the Silo Bend Industrial Park, at 91st Street South and Palm River Road. He swerved onto the shoulder of the road, pulled in front of the truck, and crossed the road into the path of Ms. Wilson's westbound car.
Three passengers were thrown from the back seat of McCoy's car. They were not wearing seat belts, investigators said.
"It was like thunder," said Charles Heffner, awakened by the crash as he slept in his 91st Street home.
He looked out his bedroom window and saw McCoy dragging someone from his 1981 Ford.
"I heard the driver say "You all hurry up and get out of here, this thing could catch on fire.'
. Then he ran down here to call his parents," Heffner said.
Ms. Wilson, who was wearing her seat belt, was pinned in the wreckage of her car for nearly an hour. She was taken by helicopter to Tampa General.
Brian McCoy was taken to Tampa General, where he was in fair condition Monday afternoon. His brother, Shane McCoy, 15, was in good condition at Tampa General. Treated at Humana Hospital-Brandon and released were Tina Draffin, 15, of 1821 Cadillac Circle, and Michael Bennett, 18, of 7417 Sherren Drive, both in Palm River. Michael's brother, Ronald Bennett, 19, was admitted to Humana in stable condition.
The driver of the truck was not identified. He was not injured, deputies said. Although deputies said they had talked with the truck driver, they would not release his name Monday.
Charges had not been filed Monday.
Traffic along Palm River Road was slowed considerably for nearly two hours as sheriff's deputies cleaned up the scene.
Ms. Wilson and her fiance, Dale Johnson, recently rented an apartment in Tampa, said her aunt, Joan Lawrence.
"They hadn't set the date. He hadn't even given her the ring yet," she said.
Ms. Wilson still stopped at her parents house at 402 Wyatt Drive each morning for coffee with her mother, Grace Wyatt, and stepfather, Bob Wyatt. She ate dinner at home three nights a week, in between night computer classes.
"We were teasing her because she didn't know how to cook, she didn't know how to shop," said Mrs. Lawrence.
Ms. Wilson spent Sunday with her five brothers and sisters at the Florida State Fair. Ms. Wilson stopped at her aunt's house, next door to her parents, to tell Lawrence she was going furniture shopping Monday night.
"She was showing me ads for furniture," Mrs. Lawrence said.