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December 9, 2021

According to preliminary incident reports from the first responders with the Florida Highway Patrol, a 47-year-old woman from Lake Panasoffkee sustained fatal injuries Tuesday evening during an auto accident involving multiple vehicles along County Road 470 in Sumter County.

Collision details from troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol indicate that it was approximately 6:30 p.m. on December 7, 2021, when a 47-year-old female resident of Lake Panasoffkee was driving her vehicle in the southbound direction of County Road 470. As she approached the highway’s upcoming intersection with County Road 487, she began to slow her vehicle down to match the flow of traffic. While she was performing this maneuver, a 17-year-old female, also from Lake Panasoffkee, entered the vicinity from the south and attempted to pass the 47-year-old’s vehicle in the northbound lane. When the teenager returned to the southbound lane of C.R. 470, her car crashed into a pickup truck that was being driven by a 19-year-old Lake Panasoffkee female.

The force of impact from the first collision pushed the pickup forward and caused the truck to rear-end a 57-year-old Lake Panasoffkee woman who was driving a van. The 47-year-old driver was unable to avoid the multi-vehicle pileup that had just occurred directly in front of her vehicle and she crashed into the back of the youngest teen’s car.

Several Sumter County emergency response teams and officers with the Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the four-car crash in order to assist any individuals involved in the accident. Upon their arrival, they quickly discovered that the 47-year-old driver was suffering from serious life-threatening injuries. She was immediately transported by ambulance to a local hospital but was unable to survive the severity of her injuries and she passed away later that day.

The 17-year-old driver, the 57-year-old van driver, and an 18-year-old passenger of the pickup truck all received minor injuries during the collision. It is unclear if they were treated at the scene or taken to a medical facility.

Although no charges have been filed against anyone at this time, that could certainly change once the Florida Highway Patrol completes its investigation.

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