The day of October 8 didn’t portend anything out of the ordinary for Jacksonville native Tara A. Newton. She woke up, got dressed and headed out to take her cat to the vet. Chrissy, plagued with diabetes and other health issues, had been with Tara for 18 years. After the vet, Tara got in the car, traveling north on AIA to meet her dad for breakfast. Two blocks from her destination, she reached down to grab something from her purse.
The next thing she knew, she had been pushed 50 feet into the southbound lane of AIA.