One Dead, One Seriously Injured in Lithia Head-On Crash
Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be factors in this case, pending toxicology results, according to Hillsborough deputies.
LITHIA – A woman died and a man suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on crash on County Road 39, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Alexis Demere, 20, of Lithia, died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from her car. The other driver, a 56-year-old man whose name was not available, was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A passenger in Ms. Demere’s car was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital with minor injuries. A passenger in the other vehicle was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-South with minor injuries.
The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) on CR 39 in Lithia.
Deputies said Ms. Demere was driving a 2012 Toyota Yaris south on CR 39 when she crossed the center line and hit a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado head on. The Toyota rotated counterclockwise before overturning and landing on the roof. The pickup truck rotated counterclockwise, eventually landing in a ditch.
Both vehicles were traveling at about 55 mph. Both suffered severe crush damage. The roadway was closed for several hours for cleanup and investigation.
Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be factors in this case, pending toxicology results, deputies said.
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