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Deflating drive for Marco Island woman

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 23:02:18-04

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- What should have been a routine drive into Marco Island for Jacqueline Curcie turned dangerous last week.

"I saw the guy directly in front of me had swerved out of the way at the last minute, to avoid a pretty large piece of debris in the road," said Curcie.

She couldn't get out of the way in time and ended up with a flat tire and a $200 bill insurance wouldn't cover.

Jacqueline's mom Kathleen McShane says the debris which flattened her daughter's tire was fill, which is used at construction sites around the island.

"We come to find out that there was some sort of cement truck or fill truck, I'm still not sure that spilled on the southbound lane of 951, that got cleaned up."

McShane tracked down the contractor, Pinnacle Homes, who said a sub-contractor was responsible for dropping the fill on the roadways.

"It's more the lack of accountability, $200 dollars is a lot for my daughter, who's trying to make her way back to Virginia, to pursue her doctorate."

The subcontractor, Don Jolley told Fox 4 the substance isn't hard enough to cause a flat tire, but he agreed to send her a check reimbursing the costs.

McShane showed us cell phone video of road debris along other parts of Marco Island, even though the rain washed some away, she's worried it could create another crash.

"If Marco Island is one of the top destinations in the country for people to come and visit, I would assume the officials would be really, really careful, as to keep the roads clean."

It is illegal for trucks to have unsecured loads in Florida. Police say you should call them immediately if you see a vehicle losing its contents, otherwise it may be difficult to write the driver a ticket.