Woman, 85, dies in Lakewood Ranch traffic accident

LAKEWOOD RANCH - An 85-year-old Tamarac woman was killed this morning when she drove out of the post office in Lakewood Ranch and into the path of a coming vehicle on State Road 70, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened about 10:56 a.m., when Josephine J. Malenich pulled her 2000 4-door Honda out of Post Boulevard onto State Road and was struck by a westbound 2004 Ford Expedition.

The front of the SUV hit the driver's side of the Honda.

The 55-year-old New York state woman driving the SUV suffered minor injuries, according to FHP.

The accident happened near the post office, which is across State Road 70 from the entrance to Greenbrook Village.