HUDSON – The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a three-vehicle accident Feb. 16 in Hudson that killed one motorist and left three others with serious injuries.

FHP reports state that an SUV driven by an 18-year-old Hudson man and a sedan driven by a 71-year-old Clermont woman were traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 19 at approximately 7:45 p.m. The SUV was behind the sedan as the vehicles approached Sea Ranch Drive, which is south of the intersection with Hudson Avenue. For unknown reasons, reports state, the sedan slowed abruptly in the travel lane. The SUV failed to slow and collided with the rear of the sedan. The impact propelled the sedan into the southbound lanes, causing a collision with the front of a sedan driven by a 65-year-old Hudson woman, according to reports.

The 71-year-old female driver of the sedan was transported to an area hospital, where she died from her injuries, reports state.

The 65-year-old woman female driver of the southbound traveling sedan suffered serious injuries, as did the vehicle’s two passengers – a 62-year-old woman and 77-year-old man, both of Hudson.

The 18-year-old driver of the SUV and his two passengers – a 19-year-old male from Hudson and an 18-year-old male from Hudson – reported minor injuries to first responders.

The FHP reported that everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt except for the 71-year-old woman who died.