Weeki Wachee woman, 78, dies after swerving into oncoming traffic on U.S. 19

The Florida Highway Patrol did not say what led the driver to suddenly leave her lane.
Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates.
Published July 8
Updated July 8

SPRING HILL — A 78-year-old woman was fatally injured on Monday after troopers said she suddenly veered into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle on U.S. 19.

The incident took place at about 11:53 a.m. on U.S. 19, just north of Berkeley Manor Boulevard. Lynne Deorsey, 78, of Weeki Wachee, was driving south on U.S. 19 in a 2005 Saturn Ion.

For unknown reasons, the Florida Highway Patrol said she swerved left and drove across the median, entering northbound traffic. The left front end of the Saturn struck the front end of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Marshall Gause, 60, of New Port Richey, troopers said.

Glass debris from the crash landed on the windshield of a third vehicle, a 2017 Ford Explorer.

The 78-year-old woman was taken to Oak Hill Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Gause was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for treatment of what was described as serious injuries. The four people inside the Ford were not injured. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing their seat belts.

No charges are pending in this crash.

Contact Sarah Verschoor sverschoor@tampabay.com. Follow @SarahVerschoor.