1 dead, 1 injured in Levy County crash on CR 337

County Road 337 at the Alachua and Levy County line
County Road 337 at the Alachua and Levy County line.
File photo by Suzette Cook

A Michigan woman is dead after a head-on collision late Friday night on County Road 337 in Levy County.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 62-year-old Bronson woman was driving a pickup truck northbound on County Road 337 when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, her vehicle veered into the northbound lane, striking a southbound pickup truck.

The southbound driver, a 73-year-old Michigan woman, died in the crash, while the Bronson woman is listed in serious condition.

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The deceased woman was wearing a seatbelt, but it is unknown whether the Bronson woman was wearing a seatbelt.

CR 337 is a narrow, two-lane road with a history of poor maintenance and accidents. In July, Ramon Gavarrete, Alachua County’s director of public works, reported that 37 crashes had occurred in the previous three years on CR 337—an average of more than one per month.

Levy County repaved its portion of the road in 2021. Improvements for the Alachua County portion of CR 337 have been a frequent source of discussion between Newberry city officials and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

Editorial note: This story has been corrected to note the deceased person was a woman.

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Lew

The picture above of 337 perfectly illustrates the difference in county attitudes toward road maintenance. The Levy side is newly paved. The Alachua side, like many Alachua roads, is cracked and poorly maintained. Levy county has its priorities in good order. Alachua county spends millions of dollars buying land while the roads crumble.