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Woman riding with boyfriend, not infant, in fatal head-on collision near Ocala National Forest

An accident near the Ocala National Forest on July 4 claimed the lives of a 19-year-old woman, a dog, and the woman’s boyfriend, not an infant, as previously reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.

On Tuesday, Ocala-News.com confirmed that a fatal, head-on collision on State Road 19 that took place on Thursday, July 4, just before midnight, claimed the life of two individuals: Tristin Isabella Souvigny and Manuel Alexander Vasquez.

The accident also resulted in the death of a dog riding in one of the vehicles.

Last week, a report from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that the male riding in the vehicle was “0” years old.

That scrivener’s error led to the misidentification of one of the individuals as an infant.

According to the original report, the incident took place along SR 19 in Putnam County, about a mile north of the Marion County line.

Just before midnight, a 60-year-old man from Mastic City, New York was driving an SUV southbound on SR 19 when he attempted to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone.

According to witnesses, the man’s SUV entered the northbound lane, where the left front of the SUV made contact with the left front of a van, which was being driven by Souvigny.

After the collision, the SUV overturned and came to final rest on the road. The driver and his passenger, a 62-year-old woman, were both seriously injured in the accident.

Souvigny and Vasquez were killed in the accident.

In its original report, FHP noted that all of the individuals were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

According to their families, Souvigny and Vasquez were celebrating the Fourth of July with Souvigny’s mother when they left to feed their pets.

Souvigny, 19, went by “Tizzy” and is described by her family as having had a “heart of gold, loving all animals and humans.” The young woman was a talented artist and was “working on building an animal sanctuary,” according to a statement on a GoFundMe that has been established in Souvigny’s name.

Tristin Isabella Souvigny was killed in a car accident on July 4, 2024. (Photo: Facebook)
Tristin Isabella Souvigny was killed in a car accident on July 4, 2024. (Photo: Facebook)

Souvigny was the proud owner owner of 70 birds, 3 cats, a pig, and Guinea pigs, according to her GoFundMe.

“She always brought laughs and smiles even though she may have been crying inside herself, she was always there to lift anyone up.”

Vasquez was described similarly by his family.

“Manuel Vasquez was well known as someone who knew how to brighten a room up with his funny jokes. He enjoyed boxing and was just starting life,” reads a statement posted to a GoFundMe established for Vasquez, who was the sole man in his family. He leaves behind three sisters and a mother.

To contribute to the families of the two individuals, visit the GoFundMe accounts for Manuel Alexander Vazquez and Tristin Isabella Souvigny.