Claretta Thomas: Lake Park woman dies in St. Lucie County Turnpike crash

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — A 68-year-old Lake Park woman was killed in an automobile accident on Florida's Turnpike at 5:55 p.m. Sunday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report released Monday.

The car in which Claretta Thomas was a passenger struck a concrete pole after swerving to avoid a car that changed lanes ahead of it in the southbound lanes. The accident occurred about 14 miles north of Okeechobee Road.

Thomas was pronounced dead at 6:48 p.m. at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute. The driver of her car, a 76-year-old Ocala resident, was treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.