A 23-year-old Spring Hill woman is dead and her 22-year-old male passenger severely injured after she fell asleep at the wheel of the sedan she was driving.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Public Information Officer (PIO) Sgt. Steve Gaskins said that just before midnight on Aug. 14, a Spring Hill woman driving a 2000 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on I-75 north of CR-514 when she fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of the vehicle.
The car subsequently entered the grass shoulder of the roadway. The driver then over-corrected the vehicle to the center median where it collided with a guardrail. The sedan was then redirected back across the interstate where disabled and without headlights, it came to a final rest in the outside travel lane facing north.
“After the crash, the driver and her passenger exited the vehicle and were standing near V-1,” Gaskins said.
Meanwhile, a tractor-trailer driven by a 45-year-old man also from Spring Hill was traveling southbound on I-75. When unable to see the road hazard, the truck collided with the sedan and both of its occupants.
The driver of the sedan sustained fatal injuries at the scene. Her passenger was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries.