A Ponte Vedra woman died Jan. 11 in a car crash on U.S. Route 1 near Race Track Road.
Louanne Pontecorvo, 59, was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). She was traveling northbound in the outside lane of U.S. 1 when she hit a tractor trailer stopped at a red light at the U.S. 1/Race Track Road intersection. FHP said the front of Pontecorvo’s 2016 Ford Escape collided with the right rear of the tractor trailer, causing the Escape to rotate in a counter clockwise direction before coming to a final rest in a ditch east of the road. The crash took place at approximately 9:55 p.m.
FHP is investigating why Pontecorvo failed to stop behind the tractor trailer. According to FHP’s crash report, she was wearing a seatbelt. The report also states that results are pending regarding whether or not alcohol played a role in the crash.