The daughter of prominent Tallahassee attorney Pat Gleason, Erika Marie Kubik, died Friday night in a one-car accident on Florida's Turnpike in Sumter County. Kubik, 33, was a third-grade teacher in Tallahassee and was on her way to meet her mother and brother in Orlando.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Kubik's 2005 Honda Accord was in the left lane when it veered into the median, struck a guardrail, crossed back onto the southbound lanes and collided with a speed detection device.
Gleason, special counsel to Attorney General Pam Bondi on open government issues, has worked for state government for decades and is considered a leading authority on open records issues in Florida. In a statement, Bondi said: "We are devastated by the loss of Pat Gleason's daughter Erika. Pat is a beloved member of our team and a champion of Florida's Sunshine Law. Her loss is heartbreaking and we will continue to keep Pat and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of mourning."