Woman Killed in Pine Ridge Crash


A Beverly Hills woman was killed in a crash on County Road 491 in the Pine Ridge-Beverly Hills area Friday night.

According to authorities, the 54-year-old woman was a passenger in a 1999 Dodge Intrepid being driven by a 50-year-old Lecanto man around 8:40 p.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was heading north on CR 491, north of Hampshire Boulevard, when he lost control of the car, traveled onto the east shoulder and over-corrected. The car rotated back across the road and traveled into the southbound lane, where it crashed into a 2012 Toyota Rav4.

The woman was taken to Citrus Memorial Hospital, where she later died. The driver was taken to another hospital with serious injuries.

2708402741_e5f2071f91_zAn adult and child in the Rav4 suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Rav4 and another passenger had minor injuries.

When drivers feel their vehicles slipping out of control, they will often panic as they sense danger. The problem with this response is that it triggers an almost involuntary physical reaction that places drivers and passengers at an even greater risk than the reason for the correction.

Instead of letting instincts take over, drivers must try to remain calm and not allow their reflexes to place them in greater danger. Drivers should try to do the following:

  • Attempt to gradually slow down, even if it means driving on the shoulder for a period of time.
  • Steer into skids caused by slippery roads
  • Don’t hit the brakes as this can cause the car to rollover

If a crash caused by overcorrection or any other type of dangerous driving practice has harmed you or someone you love in Beverly Hills, Lecanto or the surrounding area, a Citrus County Auto Accident Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can analyze the evidence in your case and identify who is at fault for your damages and losses. Call us today at 352-726-0078 or contact us online for a free consultation.


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