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Brooksville girl, 16, dies from injuries after car hits tree, troopers say

A 17-year-old Brooksville girl was at the wheel Tuesday when she went off the road on U.S. 41 approaching Lakeside Drive, the Highway Patrol said.
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Published Aug. 23, 2020|Updated Aug. 25, 2020

BROOKSVILLE — A 16-year-old Brooksville girl who was hurt when a car she was was riding in struck a tree Tuesday has died from her injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A 17-year-old Brooksville girl was at the wheel about 1 p.m. Tuesday when her car went off the road on U.S. 41 approaching Lakeside Drive and hit a tree, the Highway Patrol said.

The 16-year-old, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died from her injuries Sunday, the Highway Patrol said. The driver and another passenger, a 17-year-old girl, received serious injuries in the crash. Both were wearing seatbelts, according to the Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of the teens because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed by Florida voters in 2018 that is meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been made available under Florida’s public records law.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of people in the car. The driver and the passenger who survived were both 17 and were wearing seatbelts. The 16-year-old passenger who died was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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