Punta Gorda driver dies in crash during medical episode

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jun 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 07:45:11-04

The driver involved in a fatal crash that caused a roadblock on Taylor Road in Punta Gorda has been identified.

It happened at 11:35 a.m. Sunday morning.

79-year-old Jackie Ballack of Punta Gorda was heading southbound on Taylor Road when she experienced a medical event and drove off the west side of the roadway, colliding into a stand of trees, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Taylor Road was closed in both directions from Jones Loop Road to Knights Drive but has since reopened.