The Florida Highway Patrol said the maintenance worker who fell to his death from a pick-up truck in Orange Park Friday was riding on the tailgate and lost his balance for an unknown reason.
Troopers identified the man Friday as 36-year-old Avery Queely.
Action News Jax reporter Russell Colburn spoke with a local mom who tried to save his life.
Alicia Seibert said Queely just had a new baby.
“He’s the sweetest guy you’ve ever met,” Seibert said. “It was uncalled for. It was unnecessary. Didn’t need to happen.”
Troopers said the incident happened Friday morning near Lombart Street and Crabapple Court.
Seibert knew Queely, as he did maintenance for the complex up the street.
She used her experience in the medical field to try to save Queely’s life Friday. She administering CPR until the ambulance arrived.
“I was going to try my hardest to keep him going, and when he was put in the ambulance he still had a pulse, so I was hoping for the best,” Seibert said. “He’s got a brand-new baby, and I feel sorry for his family. I prayed the whole time.”
FHP said there have been three crashes in the area where this occurred this year.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is aware people speed in the area and use it as a cut-through to Blanding. They’ve increased traffic enforcement in the area.
Friday’s horrors give Seibert a new perspective on her life.
“I worked at a doctor’s office. I’ve never seen something like this,” Seibert said. “It’s heartbreaking. ... Make sure you kiss and love on your family as much as you can, because you never know."
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