A local woman died and several people were injured in a four-car crash on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill, Fla.
The crash occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A Pontiac minivan driven by Candice Hood, of Spring Hill, was northbound when it crossed the grass median into oncoming traffic for unknown reasons. It then collided with a Nissan sedan driven by Barbara Clark, of Hudson.
Clark was rushed to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, but died later that day. Hood, who was thrown from her vehicle, was also taken to Bayonet Point with serious injuries.
Two other drivers were unable to avoid colliding with the two initial vehicles. Enid Cedre, of Spring Hill, and her passenger, Wanda Reyes, of Coral Springs, were taken to Bayonet Point with minor injuries. The occupants of the fourth car were uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the collision.
It may be scary to think about, but one never knows when a life-threatening collision might occur. Most are avoidable if you drive safely and defensively while keeping your attention on the road at all times. Others are not avoidable, and the only way to mitigate your risk of those is to obey the speed limit and wear your seat belt. If you have been injured or a loved one has died in an auto accident that may be the fault of another, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.