One-vehicle wreck takes life of ex-Paxton woman

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A former Paxton resident was killed Saturday in a one-vehicle crash in Florida.

Donna Kay Kraft, 55, of Fort Myers, Fla., was a passenger in a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Carrie Lynn Rodriguez, 39, also of Fort Myers, when the vehicle crashed on Interstate 75 just before 8 a.m., according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Mrs. Kraft was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, the release said. She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the release.

Rodriguez, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment of what police described as “serious” injuries.

According to the news release, the two women were headed south on I-75 in Lee County in the sport-utility vehicle when Rodriguez lost control near the southbound Corkscrew Road off-ramp.

The release said the vehicle entered the median and then traveled through the southbound lanes, overturning and traveling downhill onto the west shoulder. The vehicle then continued to overturn, before coming to a rest upright in a watery ditch facing a westerly direction.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the release said.

Mrs. Kraft’s aunt, Betty Frichtl of Paxton, said Mrs. Kraft is formerly of Paxton.

According to Frichtl, Mrs. Kraft has one daughter, Sara, and a son, Justin Kraft. She was the daughter of the late Wanda Hasler. She was also the daughter of Floyd Hasler, and had a sister, Cathy Sorenson, and a twin brother, Donnie Hasler.

Mrs. Kraft will be buried at Glen Cemetery in Paxton, alongside her mother, Frichtl said.


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