HUDSON — A 71-year-old Clermont man died and six people were injured after a car slowed down abruptly on U.S. 19 and was struck from behind, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The collision occurred at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 19 near Sea Ranch Drive in Hudson.
The Clermont man was headed north when he slowed abruptly in the travel lane and his car was hit from behind by a sport utility vehicle that was unable to stop, the Highway Patrol said. The crash sent his car into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a third vehicle.
The Clermont man was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt, the Highway Patrol said.
Three men in the SUV, the 18-year-old driver and passengers 18 and 19, received minor injuries. All are from Hudson and were wearing seatbelts.
The three people in the third car, also from Hudson, received serious injuries — the driver, 65, a woman, and two passengers, a 62-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man. All were wearing seatbelts.
The Highway Patrol did not release names in the collision 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.