A three-car crash has left a mother dead and two daughters hospitalized today, while closing U.S. Highway 301 for several hours in southern Hillsborough County.
About 2:30 p.m., Maria Ruth Ramirez, 34, of Wimauma, and her daughters, Kimberly, 10, and Jenny, 11, were in a 1995 Chevrolet S10 northbound on U.S. Highway 301, north of Bonita Drive, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
At the same time, Valentina Juarez-Paredes, 35, of Wimauma, was driving a 1996 Mercury northbound in front of the S10, and Rosalinda Avellaneda Beltran, 40, of Wimauma, was southbound in a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado in the same area, south of State Road 674, FHP said.
When Juarez-Paredes slowed to turn right into a private driveway at 17620 U.S. Highway 301 South, Ramirez failed to slow down and hit the Mercury, according to the highway patrol.
The crash sent the S10 spinning and into the southbound lane, where it was hit by the Silverado, troopers said.
All three passengers of the S10 were seriously injured and taken to Tampa General Hospital. Maria Ramirez later died.
Neither Juarez-Paredes, Beltran nor their passengers was injured.