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Spilled soda lands van in drink

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By Kellie Parkin

Around 1 p.m. on Sept. 16, Angelica Doty, 25, of Cedar Key, was driving her 2007 Nissan mini van on Hwy 24 eastbound out of town when she spilled her drink, according to police reports.

Not wanting the mess, Doty reached for the cup, inadvertently pulling the steering wheel with her, police reported. The van ended up in the gulf, 25 feet from the southbound side of the road, about 150 feet from the wooden bridge, and almost completely submerged. “It was an unusually high tide that day,” said Corporal David Perry.

“We’re all very thankful there were no kids in the car with her – she always has them with her,” Perry said. “When we saw the Baby Crocs (shoes) floating in the water, we were really worried.”

Doty was not injured and speed was not a factor, police said.

Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said driver’s attention is critical for their safety.

“People need to keep their attention on the road - not on cell phones or drinks or anything else,” Sandlin said.