Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Public safety

Zephyrhills crash kills woman

ZEPHYRHILLS

A woman is dead after the car she was riding in ran a red light and was hit by a flatbed tow truck this afternoon, authorities said.

The woman's identity has not been released. The Florida Highway Patrol said the woman was a passenger in a 2003 Toyota Echo that was headed north on Chancey Road. A report states the driver — a 20-year-old Temple Terrace woman whose identity also has not been released — ran the red light at the intersection of County Road 54 at 2 p.m. A 2005 Chevrolet tow truck headed west on County Road 54 smashed into the left side of the Toyota. The tow truck was carrying a 2011 Jeep SUV.

The Toyota's passenger died at the scene. The Toyota's driver was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition. Both women wore seat belts, according to the report.

The tow truck driver, Martin Earl Smith, 44, of Dade City, was not injured. The truck is owned by Reutimann Collision Repair in Zephyrhills.

The crash remains under investigation, FHP said.

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