A woman from Crescent City, FL has been killed in a two-car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, Juanita Lopez Benitez was heading north on State Road 19 driving her 2006 Chrysler 300. Authorities said that Benitez failed to stop at a red traffic light at the intersection of State Road 40 and State Road 19.
As Benitez failed to stop for the red light she collided into 24-year-old Courtland Gross who was driving a 2014 Dodge Charger that was traveling east on State Road 40. Gross reportedly had a green light.
Gross tried to swerve so that he wouldn’t hit Benitez but was unable to do so in time. Gross car then hit the left side before the both of their cars headed into grass areas.
The passengers in the Chrysler were taken to Ocala Regional Medical center and were treated for their minor injuries.
In released reports, FHP stated that Benitez and one passenger in the Chryslers were both were seat belts but it is unknown if Gross was wearing one.