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GAINESVILLE/WALDO – A head-on collision at the 6900 block of Northeast 39th Avenue resulted in the death of two area women on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) received multiple reports of a serious crash at 6:40 p.m. An Alachua County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived on the scene as the calls came in. Initial reports indicated that a head-on collision had occurred with one person ejected from a vehicle.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 gray Toyota Corolla, driven by 28-year-old Brittany Nichole Griswell, Gainesville, was westbound on Northeast 39th Avenue. She was in a long curve east of Gainesville Regional Airport when her vehicle left the roadway. Griswell over-corrected, went back onto the roadway and lost control of her car.

Griswell’s car continued westbound into the eastbound lane and struck a 2015 grey Nissan Sentra, driven by 52-year-old Drenda Dale Weaver of Waldo, head-on. Weaver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Griswell was ejected from her vehicle and was transported to a local hospital in very serious condition. “Griswell did not make it through the night and passed away,” said GPD Officer Ben Tobias late Monday night.

A full Traffic Homicide Investigation is ongoing. “It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved,” said Tobias.

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