Woman speaks out after her sister was hit by car on Matthews Bridge in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville woman is fighting for her life after she was hit by a car while trying to fix a flat tire on the Matthews Bridge Tuesday Morning.


Action News Jax spoke with the woman’s sister who says weather conditions played a big factor in her sister’s injuries.

Quandra Hightower says the fog in Jacksonville that happened that morning made it hard for people to see.

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She added that the man who hit her sister with his car…may never walk again.

“She was coming from hanging out with some friends,” says Quandra Hightower.

Hightower is still in shock after she says her 20-year-old sister, Denay Josey, was hit by a car.

“She was standing near the rear of her car looking for her spare tire,” says Hightower.

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That’s when Hightower says the unthinkable happened

“Another car that was speeding and driving too fast for the road conditions hit her and ran her over and totaled both cars,” says Hightower.

Hightower says before the crash, conditions were very foggy that morning.

She says since the accident, her sister has had numerous surgeries.

“She had major head trauma and leg trauma. The leg trauma was pretty bad to be honest. At first, they didn’t know if they were going to be able to salvage her leg,” says Hightower.

She says seeing her sister in this condition is devastating.

“She is my youngest sibling; she is only 20. I feel like she has her whole life ahead of her,” says Hightower.

According to this Florida Traffic Crash Report, the driver was driving too fast for conditions.

Hightower says she spoke with the family of the man driving the car that hit her sister. They told her he may never walk again.

“I definitely feel bad for both families. I wouldn’t wish that on nobody, I just wish he wouldn’t have been speeding,” says Hightower.

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Hightower says her sister is in intense pain and doesn’t believe she knows the magnitude of what happened. She also believes that after her sister heals physically, she may experience mental hurdles in her recovery.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Denay Josey and her long road to recovery. Click here if you would like to help.