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Zephyrhills woman dies after crash on State Road 39

A Zephyrhills woman is dead and two other people are hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash on State Road 39.

About 12: 15 p.m. today, Jesse Robert McGee, 84, of Zephyrhills, was southbound in a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche on S.R. 39, when he tried to turn left onto East County Line Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

McGee turned into the path of Richard Allen Westfall, 38, of Trilby, who was driving north in a 2006 Chevrolet pickup on S.R. 39. Westfall then struck McGee’s vehicle, FHP said.

McGee is in serious condition at Tampa General Hospital, according to the FHP. His wife, Lela, 77, was taken to Florida Hospital of Zephyrhills where she later died.

Westfall is in serious condition at Florida Hospital, the patrol said.

The crash closed the northbound lanes of S.R. 39 for four hours, according to the FHP release. Charges are pending in the case.

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