A Branford woman died and a Lake City man is in critical condition after their car hit a tree off a rural road in Hamilton County.
According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the accident occurred early Wednesday morning, about 12:35 a.m., on County Road 135 near Big Shoals State Forest. The Lake City man, 27, was driving an unidentified two-door car and failed to negotiate a curve to the right as the vehicle was headed into White Springs.
The driver oversteered the car in the curve, traveling onto the grass on the west shoulder, where the car hit a ditch and then collided with a large pine tree, according to FHP.
First responders pronounced the female passenger, a 28-year-old woman from Branford, deceased on the scene. The male driver was taken to UF Health Shands in Gainesville, where he was listed in critical condition.
Both people were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred, FHP reported.