Woman dies after being rear-ended by pickup in Hillsborough County

The 54-year-old woman was trying to turn into a business off U.S. 41 when she was struck from behind, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Dec. 5, 2020|Updated Dec. 5, 2020

RUSKIN — A 54-year-old Palmetto woman was killed Saturday when her car was rear-ended by a pickup truck as she tried to turn into a parking lot on U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place on U.S. 41 south of John Sherman Way just before 7 a.m.

The 54-year-old woman was traveling north on U.S. 41 when she tried to make a right turn into a parking lot, troopers said. Driving behind her and also headed north was a pickup truck driven by a 32-year-old Gibsonton woman.

But when the 54-year-old woman slowed down to turn right, troopers said the 32-year-old woman did not slow or stop in time. She ended up crashing into the rear of the car.

The 54-year-old woman died at the scene of the crash. The pickup driver and her passenger, a 36-year-old man from Coleman, suffered minor injuries.

The Highway Patrol did not say if charges could be filed in this case. No one involved in the crash was wearing seatbelts, according to troopers.

The agency did not release the names of the people involved due to the department’s interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to Florida’s constitution that’s meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been available under the state’s public records laws.