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Floral City artist, husband injured in U.S. 41 collision

Published Aug. 28, 2005

Three people were airlifted to a trauma center after a head-on collision on U.S. 41 on Sunday morning. Floral City painter Anita Roy, 81, and her husband, David, 77, of E Daniels Road in Floral City, were driving south on U.S. 41 near Our Lady of Fatima Church in Inverness when they were struck head-on by a car that crossed the center line and entered their lane, according to a sheriff's deputy. The driver of the other car, Lorie M. Norris, age and address unavailable, also was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. The deputy said Norris' 1991 Oldsmobile sedan was northbound on U.S. 41 when it veered across the center turn lane and entered the southbound lane, where it struck the 1996 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle carrying the Roys at about 11:15 a.m. Norris and David Roy were airlifted to Tampa General from the crash site. Anita Roy was first taken to Citrus Memorial, then airlifted to Tampa General. Anita Roy was in critical condition, according to a Tampa General nursing supervisor. She could not release information about the other two victims because they had not been officially admitted to the hospital under their own names by Sunday evening. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Anita Roy is a well-known painter in Citrus County. Her works, large-scale pieces known as triptychs, or three-piece sets, have been frequent entries at area arts festivals for decades.