DADE CITY — Three people died Tuesday when a driver lost control of a Buick sport utility vehicle, crossed the grassy median on U.S. 301 and struck an oncoming Ford Explorer.
A fourth person remained in Lakeland Regional Hospital with critical injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Just before noon, Beaudoin Oredore, 86, of East Windsor, Conn., was driving south on U.S. 301 with a 74-year-old passenger, Nannie Sue Couch, of Flint, Mich., according to FHP reports. Oredore lost control of the Buick Enclave south of Davidson Court, crossed the median and entered the northbound lanes of U.S. 301.
There, the Enclave struck the Explorer head-on, killing both Oredore and Couch.
A 72-year-old passenger in the Explorer was taken to Bayfront Health Dade City, where she died. She was from Brooksville.
The Explorer's driver, a 74-year-old man from Brooksville, was listed in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Hospital. The names of the Explorer's driver and his passenger were not released pending notification of next of kin.
It was unclear why the Buick's driver lost control, according to the FHP. The crash closed the roadway for about four hours.