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Florida Highway Patrol Investigates Head-On Collision That Killed Both Drivers

August 15, 2019

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – As reported in an online news article published by, the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a head-on collision that resulted in both drivers sustaining fatal injuries.*

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a head-on collision has left both drivers dead. The accident happened just before midnight on northeast State Road 26 in Alachua County north of the Newnans Lake Conservation Area.  

The vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on State Road 26, which is a two-lane road when one of the vehicles crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision. It is unclear at this time which driver crossed the center line.  

One of the victims, a 61-year-old Fleming Island man, was wearing a seatbelt but ultimately died at the scene of the accident.  The other victim, a 22-year-old Starke woman, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.  She was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

A passenger to the second victim’s vehicle, also a 22-year-old woman, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  She, like the driver, was not wearing a seatbelt.

The crash site was closed for approximately 2 hours as law enforcement officials investigated the scene.  An investigation is still ongoing to determine a more definitive cause of the head-on collision.

Head-On Collisions are Often Catastrophic and Fatal

Any car accident has the potential to result in serious injuries or death.  However, head-on collisions are particularly dangerous, and any victim of a head-on collision is lucky to be alive.  The impact of 2 vehicles traveling in opposite directions has a substantial impact that can kill a person instantly.  Such a tragic result is, unfortunately, a common story in the state of Florida.

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