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Report says car moved erratically before crash

The driver of the car that crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on Sunday had been driving erratically before the crash and had passed several other cars using the center turn lane on U.S. 41 S, according to an accident report released Monday.

The crash left Floral City abstract painter Anita Roy, 81, in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. Her husband, David Roy, 77, is also recovering from injuries at Tampa General, and his condition is still being evaluated.

The Roys, traveling south in a sport utility vehicle, were hit by a car driven by Lorie M. Norris, 40, of Floral City. She was also airlifted to Tampa General and was in fair condition Monday, said a hospital spokeswoman. The crash took place on U.S. 41 S in front of Our Lady of Fatima Church at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office accident report states that Norris, heading north on U.S. 41, pulled into the center turn lane and tried to pass a stationary car that was waiting to turn left into the church. Norris' car entered the southbound lane and caused the wreck, according to the report. The report lists three witnesses who told the deputy that Norris was driving erratically and using the center turn lane as a passing lane.

Though no charges have been filed, the report lists Norris as being at fault in the crash.

The Roys moved to Floral City from St. Petersburg about 20 years ago. Mrs. Roy is a well-known painter who specializes in large acrylic works on canvas. She won an honorable mention at last year's Inverness Festival of the Arts.

Jorge Sanchez can be reached at (352) 860-7313 or e-mail sanchezsptimes.com.

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