Florida authorities report that a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 39 in Lithia claimed the lives of two individuals on Dec. 13. A third person was also critically injured in the incident.
Police said that the head-on collision occurred about 7 p.m. when a 23-year-old man driving a southbound Ford van suddenly veered over into the opposite lane and into the path of a Chevrolet Impala. The van driver as well as the Impala driver, a 44-year-old Ruskin man, died from the injuries they suffered in the accident. The report did not indicate if the drivers died at the scene or if they were first transported to a local hospital.