South Florida woman dies after I-75 crash


Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 1:07 p.m.

A Coral Springs woman who was hospitalized Wednesday following a crash on Interstate 75 near U.S. 441 in Alachua has died.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported Thursday that Diane Marie Ramirez, 53, died of her injuries.

The accident occurred about 2:11 p.m. as Ramirez was driving a 1994 Ford Explorer north in the center lane, according to an FHP report. Her left rear tire malfunctioned, causing the SUV to veer into the left lane, FHP said.

Ramirez counter-steered toward the right, rotated clockwise and began to roll while airborne, the report states. The passenger side of the SUV struck the road and the SUV rolled multiple times before ending up in the center lane.

All northbound lanes were blocked for about 45 minutes

minutes while Alachua County Fire Rescue extricated Ramirez.

She was taken to Shands at the University of Florida.

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