Second driver dies after Brooksville crash, troopers say

A 70-year-old driver was thrown from his car and died at the scene. A 50-year-old driver dies a day later in the hospital.
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Published June 5, 2021|Updated June 5, 2021

BROOKSVILLE — A 50-year-old man has died in a hospital of injuries suffered in a Thursday crash that also left a 70-year-old driver dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place on Thursday about 1:12 p.m. The 70-year-old man was driving a sedan north on U.S. 41, also known as N Broad Street, just south of Twingate Avenue, north of downtown Brooksville. A 50-year-old man was driving south on U.S. 41.

Then, for unknown reasons, the 70-year-old driver entered the southbound lane of U.S. 41 and struck the left driver’s side of the 50-year-old’s sedan, troopers said.

Both cars came to a stop on the southbound shoulder of the road. The 70-year-old was thrown from his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 50-year-old driver was taken to the hospital, where he died Friday.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of either driver. The agency does not release the names of people involved in crashes due to 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. The agency withholds the names even when no crime is suspected.