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Two seriously injured in two-car crash in Riverview, troopers say

Two of the three people involved in the crash suffered serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Three people were injured when two cars collided Tuesday night at at a U.S. 301 intersection in Riverview.
Three people were injured when two cars collided Tuesday night at at a U.S. 301 intersection in Riverview. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Mar. 24
Updated Mar. 24

RIVERVIEW — Two people were seriously injured Tuesday night when one car turned into the path of the other, causing a collision on U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. at the Lake Saint Charles Boulevard intersection.

A car driven by a 61-year-old Riverview man was headed north on U.S. 301 with a 31-year-old woman riding in the passenger seat, troopers say. Headed in the opposite direction was an 18-year-old Riverview driver headed south on U.S. 301.

Then the 61-year-old driver turned left under a flashing yellow caution light. But the driver turned left as the 18-year-old drove into the intersection with a green light, according to the Highway Patrol.

The front end of the 18-year-old’s car struck the front left of the 61-year-old’s car, troopers say. The 61-year-old driver and 31-year-old passenger were not wearing seatbelts, according to the Highway Patrol. She suffered serious injuries and he suffered minor injuries. The 18-year-old was wearing a seatbelt but also suffered serious injuries.

The 61-year-old driver was cited for making an improper left turn. The Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the crash 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.