- The reports say a mother was killed in a crash on River Road Sunday morning.
Cortney Kauffman was a nursing assistant at a rehabilitation center in Venice.
“She was my world. We were best friends way before we got together,” said Kauffman’s fiancé, Jeffrey Jones. “My kids will never get to see their mother again. It’s the hardest thing in the world to tell your kids their mother is in Heaven.” Kauffman was pregnant with their third child.
Records say Kauffman was driving north on River Road, just four miles away from work around 5:20 in the morning. Troopers say a woman in a white Honda crashed into her.
“The vehicle that was going southbound drifted into the northbound lane, causing a head-on collision,” said Trooper Ken Watson.
Kauffman was pronounced dead at the scene. “During our investigation, we realized there had been a call to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a vehicle that had been driving erratically within that area and within that time frame, also during the investigation and visiting with our at-fault driver at the hospital, there may have been signs of impairment,” said Trooper Watson. However, lab results are pending for the driver that caused the crash.
“I really just want justice. I honestly think that the driver needs to be held accountable,” said Jones. “My kids lost their mother and a brother and a sister and our whole life is messed up over this now. I told my kids this morning and they went and picked two flowers, held them up in the sky, and gave them to mommy.”
Criminal charges are pending.