Elderly Woman Killed In Escambia County Traffic Crash

January 13, 2018

An elderly Pensacola woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday night in Escambia County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 90-year old Mary Alfreda Brink was traveling southbound on Blue Angel Parkway south of Highway 90 about 9 p.m. when she crossed into the northbound lanes with her Chevrolet Trailblazer and struck a 2002 Mercedes driven by 48-year old Robert Landis Gill of Pensacola.

Brink was pronounced deceased following the crash.

Gill and passenger Betty Stearns, 39, were transported to Baptist Hospital in critical condition. Two additional passengers — Sarah Stearns, age not provided, and Scott Stearns, age 9 — were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in serious condition.

No charges were filed in the crash.


16 Responses to “Elderly Woman Killed In Escambia County Traffic Crash”

  1. April on January 14th, 2018 2:08 pm

    she was 90!!!! And driving AT NIGHT?! These 2 sweet kids are one of my closest friends. There were no skid marks, she hit them full speed head on. Who lets a 90 year old drive? And AT NOGHT???

  2. lewis t. on January 14th, 2018 1:38 pm

    Anne and others,

    There is something called age discrimination. At the same time there is something called responsibility. All drivers should show it. Cocerned about age and driving ability is legit but, stats show more problems with younger drivers texting and driving. Doubt any younger person lays down their license because they texti or are just on the phone too much. When recreational marijuana is legalized you won’t have to worry about 90 years old drivers. The marijuana group had every intention to get Florida a recreatinal drug state. You won’t have to worry about 90 year old drivers then. Anne, by the way, I’m in my 60’s and choose not to drive again because of medical issues.

  3. bar on January 14th, 2018 10:50 am

    god bless all the families.maybe she had a heath problem that cause her to cross line.if youre in bad health they dont ned a license.i know a man thats 97 and still driving.i dont know how but he does and hes still good at it.some live alone and cant get another way to go.its sad.either way .

  4. Margaret Davey on January 14th, 2018 10:25 am

    I know Mary Brink and sh was a good driver. She could back into a parking place. I believe she must have had a medical emergency.

  5. Jim on January 14th, 2018 9:10 am

    @Common Sense : A 30-Something in a large northbound Nissan Pickup blew through the light at Hwy. 29 and west Roberts Road two days ago. The light had been red for a while, because the car in front of me had already gone through, but luckily I had the feeling the guy wasn’t going to stop, and I waited. Had I followed the preceding car car as usual, there would have been another “multiple fatality accident” story on North Escambia.
    Poor driving isn’t only found in older drivers. That stretch of road is dark, it had been raining, and it was wet. There were other contributing factors in addition to age.
    My condolences and prayers for all involved and their families.

  6. Norah on January 14th, 2018 7:41 am

    I hate to see any elderly person or anyone involved in a accident. When elderly people are involved, oh my goodness do they get the third degree. I have a neighbor in her 70’s and has been driving over 55 years and never received a ticket in her life. I live on Hwy. 97 between Hwy 29 and Atmore . This is a nice road yet there are head on collisions, cars in ditches. A car in my front yard upside down with a young woman with a cellphone sitting beside her car. Pray for all. Young and Old.

  7. Dennis on January 14th, 2018 5:21 am

    I am 71 and I agree with the younger people. I get my eyes checked, now have to wear glasses. I have a physical every year. I have younger friends(as in 25-35) who occasionally have ride with me. They have been told to let me know if I am not smart enough to know when to quit by me. They may someday hurt my feelings by telling me that but I will remain living(which I enjoy) and won’t have to live with knowing I killed somone else.

  8. Linda Butler on January 13th, 2018 9:47 pm

    Sad,praying for all involved .

  9. Common sense on January 13th, 2018 8:46 pm

    Concur completely with Erica, I see it more and more in Florida. Been saying for decades that states need to start giving senior citizens a physical and DRIVING test every year after a certain age,…if your good to drive then there’s no problem,.. instead of grandfathering these folks in with another license. I saw old man today at 9 mile and chemstrand just run red from a dead stop in turning lane,..along with all the elderly “easy riders” on motorcycles, getting more dangerous!

  10. Michael Weaver on January 13th, 2018 8:24 pm

    Very sorry to hear about this, sympathy to the families of all involved.
    Age has nothing to do with driving. Young kids kill and/or get killed everyday driving and texting or not paying attention to the road.

  11. anne 1of2 on January 13th, 2018 8:23 pm

    Remember what you wrote when you are elderly too. I have yet to see one person lay their license down saying “I don’t need to drive anymore.”

  12. corrina on January 13th, 2018 7:46 pm

    Rob we are praying for ya big one. Keep fighting your baby girl needs her dad.

  13. Sage2 on January 13th, 2018 7:14 pm

    @erica: I understand your concerns. I’ll my last penny she was not texting and driving.
    At age 90 she has had a good life, seen many changes, yet her independence still meant a great deal to her. Driving a vehicle is serious and those that may read this and use a cell phone for any reason while driving put it away while driving! The life you save may be mine!!!

  14. erica on January 13th, 2018 4:44 pm

    Another example of why an elderly person doesn’t need to be driving especially at night. I live over there and I worry every night when I have to come home that way that another driver will cross over into my lane. Its a dangerous curve that has claimed many lives.

  15. Freda Whaley on January 13th, 2018 3:57 pm

    I feel so sorry for the ones hurt. Prayers for a complete recovery.

  16. Shaunda on January 13th, 2018 1:38 pm

    My heart hurts for the friend whose children and family were involved in this accident and so so much for the family that I do not know that lost a loved one. Wishing everyone affected healing and comfort.

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