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Joseph Striska, Tallahassee, Fla., president & CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, was killed Wednesday (Aug. 11) in a single-car crash on Interstate 10 west of Florida’s capital city.
Injured slightly in the accident was Bobby Cornwall, Florida ARVC’s marketing manager. Striska, also president & CEO of Alabama ARVC, was traveling with Comwall to a tourism show in Alabama at the time, according to Florida ARVC Chairman Dick Whalen, owner of Dunedin RV Resort, Dunedin, Fla.
“They had just left the office pulling a small trailer,” Whalen said. “It was raining and very wet. They started to hydroplane and lost control of the vehicle. The car crashed into a tree, and Joe was killed. They were only about five miles from the office.”
Whalen said Cornwell managed to crawl from the car and call Whalen’s wife, Patricia, who arrived at the scene about the same time as emergency vehicles.
Striska joined Florida ARVC as executive director in 1993 and later become the association’s paid president. He also was active with “Visit Florida,” the Sunshine State’s privatized tourism program. “Joe was the backbone of the Florida camping industry,” Whalen said.
Striska was elected in November to the board of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
“He’s been an industry leader and will be greatly missed by all of us,” said ARVC President Linda Profaizer. “He did a lot for camping and RVing and promoting it in the state of Florida.”
Services for Striska will be at 2 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 15) at Culley Meadowwood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Tallahassee. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Florida ARVC Education Fund or to the Leon County Humane Society.