Woman killed in 3-vehicle crash involving Columbia County deputy

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. – A woman died Friday evening after a crash involving a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and two other cars, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at 6:30 p.m. on U.S. 441 at Southeast Sprite Loop, troopers said.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy was headed home in his agency patrol car when the crash occurred. Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to the crash.

Authorities said the 49-year-old woman driving one of the vehicles died at UF Health in Gainesville. An infant and 9-year-old girl who were in her car suffered minor injuries.

The deputy and a third driver, along with a 12-year-old boy, also suffered minor injuries and were treated at the Lake City Medical Center.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Saturday about the crash, saying in part:

“The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an independent traffic crash investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with FHP’s investigation and is also conducting an administrative review of the incident.

We extend our deepest sympathies to those who are impacted by this tragic event, and wish the others involved a speedy recovery.”

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