Christmas eve fatality in Gilchrist

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Chiefland resident involved in accident

A 67-year-old woman died following a crash on Tuesday, Dec. 24, shortly after 6 p.m. at the intersection of State Road 26 and County Road 341, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. 

Connie Hootman, 67, of Trenton, was pronounced dead while being transported to the hospital. The other driver involved in the crash, Justin Gore, 30, of Chiefland, was not injured.

Gore was driving his 2012 Dodge Ram pickup westbound on SR 26 when he entered the left turn lane as Hootman's 1996 Ford Mustang approached the intersection with CR 341. Gore turned left and his truck struck the left side of the Mustang. 

Gore was wearing a seatbelt at the time, but Hootman was not. 

Any charge in the case awaits the optcome of a pending blood alcohol test on Gore and the investigation of the accident by FHP Trooper J. Hoover. 

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