PALM RIVER/CLAIR-MEL — A 20-year-old Tampa woman driving the wrong way died when she collided nearly head-on with another car along U.S. 41 south of Tampa on Sunday morning.
The other driver, a 21-year-old Tampa woman, received critical injuries in the collision just before 7 a.m. on U.S. 41 near Old U.S. 41, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Neither woman was wearing a seatbelt, the Highway Patrol said.
The first car, a Chevrolet, was headed north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 for unknown reasons when it struck a southbound Nissan. The cars collided nearly head-on, rotated and came to rest in the median and southbound lanes.
The Highway Patrol did not release the women’s names because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.