Please keep the Derstine family and the Gamma Iotas in your thoughts and prayers. Services will be held Monday, June 19 at 4pm, at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota (3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239, Phone: (941)924-1323).
To send a card or other remembrance:
Kimberly Treadwell, President
Gamma Iota, Alpha Chi Omega
820 West Panhellenic Drive
Gainesville, FL 32601-7863
If you'd like her family's address, email or comment me and I will send it to you privately.
This article about the accident appeared in the Dalton, GA paper on Friday:
1 killed in wreck on I-75
By Victor Alvis
Dalton Daily Citizen
— A 20-year-old University of Florida student died after a Thursday morning wreck on Interstate 75 in which the Ford F-250 truck she was riding in was clipped by another vehicle and flipped, officials said.
Catelyn Joy Derstine, 20, of Sarasota, Fla., was transported by LifeForce helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where she died from head trauma, according to Trooper John Foskey of the Georgia State Patrol.
Benjamin Taylor Stanley, 18, of Whitfield County, drove a silver 1997 Porsche Boxster into the right northbound lane of I-75 from the Exit 326 ramp at Carbondale, Foskey said.
“The Porsche was in the right (slow) lane. The driver (Stanley) went to change into the left lane and didn’t see the Ford in the center lane,” Foskey said.
Both drivers overcorrected, Foskey said, and the left rear section of the Porsche struck under the right rear wheel of the black F-250 4x4, causing it to overturn. No one was ejected. It was not immediately known if those in the truck were wearing seat belts.
Derstine and two others — Kelly Perona, 21, and Andrew Robert Marcus, 20, both of Gainesville, Fla. — were riding in the truck driven by Phillip Edwin Deberard, 21, also of Gainesville. The University of Florida students were on their way to the Bonaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tenn.
The others in the Ford pickup were treated for minor cuts and scratches at Hamilton Medical Center and released. Foskey said charges are pending against Stanley, who was not taken to the hospital. “He was just shaken up,” Foskey said.
The three northbound lanes of the interstate were closed from about 8:15 a.m., when the wreck occurred, until about 10:45 a.m.