[IMAGE CREDIT: Eustis Police Department]
[Original Publish Date: 01/25/20]
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EUSTIS, Florida — A head-on collision closed a busy roadway for more than eight hours Friday night and into Saturday morning.
Nicholas Moffit, 34, of Grand Island was traveling northbound on County Road 452 in a gray 2003 Dodge shortly after 9:30 p.m. Friday night when he became distracted and traveled into the southbound lane of County Road 452, striking a maroon 2008 Mercury being driven by Crystal Rowan, 44, of Hernando .
“A head-on crash occurred when Moffit reached down to get a water bottle, causing him to move into Rowan’s lane,” said Eustis Police Officer Lauren Brown.
The crash caused Rowan’s vehicle to hit a black 2018 Ford, being driven by Reginald Palmer, 40, of Grand Island. Rowan was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition and two unnamed passengers were transported by ambulance to AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares. Moffit and Palmer were not injured.
The crash closed County Road 452 until around 6 a.m. Saturday, Brown said.
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