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1 Killed, 2 Injured in Freak Florida RV Park Accident

January 4, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

In a freak accident, a Snow Bird from Michigan backed over her husband and two friends at an RV park in Eustis, Fla., on Thursday (Dec. 31), killing one woman.

Margaret Randall, 72, was backing her 2007 Saturn SUV next to her recreational vehicle at Southern Palms RV Park when she hit her husband, Dale, 73, and their friends Tom Church, 73, and Beverly Church, 69, police said.

Beverly Church was pinned under the SUV. The Eustis Fire Department and Lake-Sumter emergency workers tried to save her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Dale Randall and Tom Church were taken by helicopter to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition.

The accident happened at the RV park off Lake County Road 44 a little before 1 p.m.

May Snow, whose son is married to the Randalls’ daughter, Dianne, said the couple lead an annual caravan of three RVs from their home in White Pigeon, Mich., about 40 miles south of Kalamazoo, to Florida.

Dale Randall is a retired Michigan game warden. The couple have been married for at least 50 years and have two grandchildren, Snow said.

Snow said she was shocked to hear the news because Margaret Randall is an excellent driver in good health.

The couple enjoys vacationing at the RV park because of the weather and because Dale Randall loves to tinker.

“Everybody there was always asking him, ‘How do you fix this or take care of that?’ ” Snow said. “Dale was the one always doing for everyone else.”

Eustis police Sgt. Gary Winheim could not provide details of the accident, including how fast the SUV was going and why the three victims were standing behind the vehicle.

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