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[9-19-22] Young Manatee County Woman Killed, Man Injured in SR 70 Crash

A 21-year-old Palmetto woman was killed Saturday afternoon near Lake Placid when the car she was riding in on State Road 70 crossed the center line and struck the front of a pickup, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Three other people were injured in the crash, which happened about 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of S.R. 70 and Robert McGee road, southwest of Lake Placid in Highlands County.

The car she was riding in was driven by a 30-year-old Bradenton man and was heading east when it crossed the center line, striking the front of a pickup truck heading west and driven by 67-year-old man from Ruskin, the FHP reported.

The pickup went off the road and hit a barbed wire fence.

The woman, who was not named in the report, was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead. The driver of the car, who was also not identified, was seriously injured.

The driver and a 14-year-old male passenger in the pickup, also from Ruskin, were both seriously injured. Neither of the unnamed victims were wearing seatbelts, according to the FHP.

The agency said it was unknown whether the man and woman in the car were wearing seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation, the FHP said.

Source: Herald-Tribune

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