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Mystery Woman Killed in US1 Wreck on July 10 Identified as Kathleen Tillman of Bunnell

| July 29, 2016

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The collision took place in the southbound lanes when the victim, a woman whom authorities have been unable to identify, stepped from the median into traffic.

A pedestrian killed in a crash with a motorcycle on U.S. 1 near Church on the Rock in Bunnell on July 10 has been identified as Kathleen Tillman, a 56-year-old Bunnell resident. She was eventually identified by her husband, police said. The couple had been separated.


The circumstances of the wreck remain under investigation. The wreck took place just before 10 a.m. when two people on a motorcycle heading south struck her. Tillman had been walking in the median, according to witnesses, and at one p[oint walked into the road. At least two passers-by stopped to help. Both individuals on the motorcycle were hurt. Tillman was breathing at the scene when first responders arrived. She had broken bones. She died later at the hospital.

The previous story is below.

Mystery Woman Killed, 2 Palm Coast Residents Injured in Motorcycle Collision On US1

July 11–A woman on foot was killed in a collision with a motorcycle on U.S. 1 in Bunnell, near the entrance to the Atlantis center–across from the Church on the Rock–Sunday morning. Authorities have been unable to identify her: she had no identification on her, and the Rapid-ID system used in an attempt to find her identity was negative.

The circumstances of the wreck were strange, too, suggesting the possibility of a suicide. The wreck took place at 11 a.m. on July 10. “The two witnesses said they saw a white female walking in the median of US1,” Bunnell Police officer Scott Bagwell said, “and suddenly, walked out in front of this motorcycle that was heading southbound on US1. They stopped and called 911 and gave us their account when we arrived on scene.”

Cpl. Weaver, a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy, was first to attend to the victim, holding her around the neck to keep her stable until paramedics arrived, so she would not risk further injuring her spine. At that point she was severely injured but still breathing.

The unidentified woman was airlifted to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach by Flagler County Fire Flight (US1 was shut down in both directions to enable the helicopter to land and take off from the northbound lanes), and died at the hospital about two hours after the collision.

A man and a woman–husband and wife, both from Palm Coast–were on the motorcycle. Their identities have not yet been released. The man was transported by ground to Halifax hospital with injuries. The woman suffered minor injuries.

The Bunnell Police Department is conducting the homicide investigation. “It was hard to even tell whether she was transient or not because of the severity of her injuries,” Bagwell said. All that could be deduced was that she was in her 50s.

Flagler County Fire Rescue and the Bunnell Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Palm Coast Fire Police, responded to the scene. A Florida Highway Patrol unit was also at the scene.

Just hours earlier, another pedestrian and Palm Coast resident, 21-year-old Chris Sousa, was killed in a collision with an SUV in Ormond Beach.

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5 Responses for “Mystery Woman Killed in US1 Wreck on July 10 Identified as Kathleen Tillman of Bunnell”

  1. Retiredlawenforcement says:

    Which is it a ‘SUICIDE” or a ‘HOMICIDE” ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    So sad to lean of another motorcycle death.

  3. Snickerdoodle. says:

    US1 is a “motorcycle eating machine”.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why so many accidents on this road? Seems like something should be able to be done about so many highway deaths. This is so sad. My heart goes out to all involved..

  5. karenjj2 says:

    She was one of my neighbors; very friendly and cheerful. I firmly believe that her death was an accident due to inattentiveness on her part and that the motorcyclist had no time to react to a pedestrian stepping out onto the highway. I have had numerous “close calls” in years of driving; and am thankful for my luck.

    Rest in peace, Kathy.

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