Hawthorne woman dies in head-on collision

A Hawthorne woman died and a Trenton man is in critical condition following a head-on collision near Melrose on Saturday morning.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, a 51-year-old Trenton man was driving an SUV eastbound on State Road 26 around 8:45 a.m. when he crossed the centerline, striking a 43-year-old Hawthorne female driving westbound in a sedan. The incident occurred near County Road 219A.

First responders pronounced the Hawthorne female deceased on scene and the Trenton man was transported from the scene. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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