Marvin Sowell thought his wife, Tina, seemed fatigued Friday morning when she left for work. But he never expected the bad news he received later in the day _ that she had been killed in a traffic accident.
"She was very loving," Sowell said Friday afternoon. "I just don't know what I'm going to do now."
Tina Sowell, 28, of Bushnell was traveling west on State Road 50 just east of Spring Lake Highway at 10:24 a.m. She was driving to the Hernando County Jail, where she had been working as a corrections officer for three months, when her car collided with the left rear of a semitrailer truck.
Rescue personnel removed Sowell from her car, and she was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where she died.
The cause of the accident had not been determined, but the Florida Highway Patrol said it appeared that Sowell was looking under the dashboard when the crash occurred.
Paul Webb, who was driving the semitrailer for Industrial Chemical and Supply Co. of Mulberry, would not comment about the accident.
Highway Patrol Trooper Lena McLean said Webb told authorities that Sowell's car crossed the center line before the collision.
Danny McEwan, a construction worker, said he was working about 200 yards away on the new eastbound lanes for State Road 50 when the accident occurred.
McEwan said he ran to Sowell's white Pontiac, which was crushed in the front, to see what he could do. He heard another construction worker say the car had been swerving before the accident.
"When I stuck my head in the car, I didn't smell any alcohol. Maybe she was adjusting the radio or putting her make-up on," he said.
Clint Capps, 14, was playing basketball at his home when he saw the accident.
Capps ran into the house to tell his father about the accident when the two met each other in the doorway. Kevin Capps had already called 911.
Webb's vehicle received a couple of flat tires on the left rear and a mangled chrome plate that protected the tires.
Webb was not injured. But Rick Holland, safety personnel director for the chemical company, said Webb was "pretty shook up."
He returned to his vehicle after questioning to make a phone call and to cry.
One of Sowell's supervisors , David Pye, spoke highly of her work.
"She always went the extra mile. She was a very, very good employee. It's a shame."