Jay Woman Passes Away Following Molino Wreck

December 12, 2018

A Jay woman has passed away following a wreck Tuesday evening on Highway 29 at Highway 97 in Molino.

Benny Ray Wolfe, age 76 of Jay, was northbound on Highway 29 in a Chrysler van about 5:50 p.m. when he made a left toward Highway 97.  Wolfe did not see an approaching southbound Chevrolet pickup driven by 58-year old David Lamar Wade of Pensacola, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Wolfe pulled directly into the path of the pickup, causing the pickup to collide with the van. The pickup came to rest in a culvert.

Wolfe’s passenger, 71-year old Johnnie Riene Wolfe of Jay, was airlifted by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where she was later pronounced deceased. Benny Wolfe was transported by Escambia County EMS with minor injuries, and Wade received minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital.

Benny Wolfe was cited for failure to yield right of way by the FHP.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


23 Responses to “Jay Woman Passes Away Following Molino Wreck”

  1. Beverly on December 15th, 2018 8:44 am

    There needs to be a green arrow light to turn left and not be able to turn on green after yielding. My mother was almost hit by a driver turning left onto 97 when she was traveling southbound and a “yielding” driver did not yield.
    I have personally witnessed several times when this has happened.
    Yielding on green to turn left does not mean go unless you are 100% sure there are no other right of way drivers you are putting at risk.
    Left turn on green arrow only should help that intersection.

  2. Pam Oakley (Blackmon) on December 13th, 2018 10:26 pm

    So sorry to hear of this terrible news. So sorry for your loss Bro. Benny

  3. Linda L on December 13th, 2018 8:49 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. I will lift you in prayers, my brother.

  4. bill on December 13th, 2018 5:26 pm

    speed limit has to be 40 or less a mile from that intersection to reduce these high speed collisions

  5. Laura MacAloney on December 13th, 2018 10:26 am

    Bro. Bennie, We are praying for you and we DO Know what you are going
    through. Jesus is with you! He said ” he would never leave you or forsake you he would go with you until the very end”. We are sending our love and prayers to you ALL. So Sorry for your loss!

  6. Louise Gillman on December 13th, 2018 7:32 am

    Bennie, my heart goes out to you. I loved Irene and know so many others did also. But you know how m
    uch she loved her Lord and she will be spending Christmas with Him and other family members. Rejoyce and do not grieve.

  7. Gary on December 13th, 2018 4:58 am

    What kind of seat is in the front right of the van?

  8. Josh on December 12th, 2018 9:22 pm

    I was one of the guys who helped rip the door off of the van in an attempt to get Mrs. Wolfe out of the vehicle that was on fire at the time. Once the flames were extinguished, we supported her neck and waited for fire rescue. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. I will tell you this, even with the vehicle on fire the husband never left her side. God Bless you Mr. Wolfe!

  9. Jerry Crocker on December 12th, 2018 8:57 pm

    SO Sorry for the loss of YOUR LOVE One,Hope You okay Bro Benny Wolfe praying in JESUS Name for you and every one involved Sending our condolences and LOVE to you and your Family also the other person’s involved Sorry to. Hear this God BLESS with prayers

  10. Choo Choo Fly on December 12th, 2018 7:02 pm

    Solution: A Rotary (large version of a round-a-bout).

    Used throughout the world.

    Slows traffic, yet keeps traffic continually moving.

    Traffic signal delays eliminate.

    All turns are right turns.

    Much less complex than Cantonment rail and intersection problem.

    Very sorry to read about the passing of the driver and injuries to others.

  11. j on December 12th, 2018 6:59 pm

    I’d like to see the stats since the light has been put in. I believe there were just as many if not more wrecks before the light was there, however it seems that each wreck has gotten worse. Maybe people think because the light is green they don’t need to look anyway or something … At any rate I don’t think you can blame a light for this, it simply sounds like what it was , an accident.

  12. Tracie C on December 12th, 2018 6:45 pm

    Rest in peace Johnnie.. such a sweet kind soul.. my heart goes out to Benny..

  13. saddened on December 12th, 2018 6:19 pm

    We got her out as quickly and safely as we could. I will be praying for her husband and family.

  14. Brian on December 12th, 2018 2:36 pm

    In spite of the monetary cost, the only way I see to save many lives at this busy intersection is to build an overpass with exit ramps.

  15. Hwy 97 resident on December 12th, 2018 1:25 pm

    The problem is not the light in anyway and may not be a distracted driver either. I make that left onto 97 everyday and from my experience its sometimes difficult to tell if a southbound 29 vehicle is in the traffic lane or the right turn lane. I’ve done double takes countless time at that intersection simply because I’ve seen dozens of these exact wrecks there. I can easily see where someone turns left on 97 assuming the approaching southbound vehicle is turning right on 97 and end up in this situation. A red and green left turn light is in the future here I think. Its the only way to help this. Prayers for those involved.

  16. anne 1of2 on December 12th, 2018 12:30 pm

    It seems the vehicles heading south are always going too fast. Seems funny since there is no where to go but to the next red light.

  17. Helen on December 12th, 2018 9:28 am

    I go this route all the time. It’s not the red lights fault. I watch people all the time not paying attention on there phones. Even the truck drivers do the same.

  18. Honest Abe on December 12th, 2018 9:28 am

    With or without the signal light, the accident still could have happened. It does not control ones decisions. I do hope all will be okay. We could hear lifeflight from our home and said a prayer for all involved.

  19. CW on December 12th, 2018 8:24 am

    The left onto 97 needs to be GO on green arrow only. People often think they have time to make it across not realizing how fast the oncoming traffic is going.

  20. Big Jim on December 12th, 2018 8:05 am

    Glad that redlight stopped so many wrecks there…. wait till they get that truck stop across theroad … might as well have a ambulance just sit at the Tom Thumb..

  21. Molino mom on December 12th, 2018 7:21 am

    I sure hope all is well! Sending prays to all involved.

  22. Concerned on December 12th, 2018 4:36 am

    I personally think there needs to be a red arrow light instead of turning left or right on green at this intersection. People are not paying attention as they drive. Prayers for all

  23. Trocarman on December 12th, 2018 2:00 am

    Prayers for everyone.

Have a comment on this story?

We welcome your comments on this story, but there are some rules to follow::

(1) Be Nice. No comments that slander another, no racism, no sexism, no personal attacks.

(2) No Harrassing Comments. If someone says something bad about you, don't respond. That's childish.

(3) No Libel. That's saying something is not true about someone. Don't do it.

(4) Keep it clean. Nothing vulgar, obscene or sexually related. No profanity or obvious substitutions. Period.

(5) NorthEscambia.com reserves the right to remove any comments that violate our rules or we think to be inappropriate. We are not responsible for what is posted. Comments may not appear right away until they are approved by a moderator.

(6) Limit your comments to the subject in this story only, and limit comments to 300 words or less. Do not post copyrighted material. Comments will not be added to stories that are over 30 days old.

(7) No posts may advertise a commercial business or political group, or link to another commercial web site or political site of any kind.