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56-year-old Palmetto woman killed in Manatee County traffic accident

HERALD STAFF REPORT

A 56-year-old Palmetto woman was killed when the 1998 Jeep Cherokee she was riding in collided with another vehicle at 8:24 p.m.  June 16, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Tuesday.

Charges are pending as FHP investigates whether alcohol played a role in the fatal crash, according to a report.

A Jeep driven by a 38-year-old Palmetto man was southbound on U.S. 41 north of 35th Street West in the left-turn lane while a 2000 Ford Excursion driven by a 19-year-old Bradenton woman was northbound on U.S. 41 north of 35th Street in the center lane.

The Jeep turned left across the northbound lanes into the Excursion's path, according to FHP, and violated its right of way.

The Jeep's front struck the Excursion’s right side and was pushed onto the grass shoulder and into a private yard fence.

The Jeep driver was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, FHP reported. FHP said questions whether alcohol played a factor in the crash are "pending."

Brenda Renee Long's injuries in the wreck were fatal, according to FHP. She is not suspected of using alcohol, FHP reported.

The Excursion driver was also taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She is not suspected of using alcohol, FHP reported.

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