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Wrong Way Car Kills Two People

A 1992 Oldsmobile was traveling the wrong way on State Road 50 between Clermont and Groveland when it collided with another vehicle. A Clermont woman was killed and her husband and sister were injured in the crash, according to Sgt. Jorge Delahoz of the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred at about 12:05 AM on Saturday, November 29, 2008. Heather Rogers, 19, was driving east on S.R. 50 near Max Hooks Road when her Chevrolet hit the Oldsmobile head-on, which was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Rogers and Nathan Lemos, the Oldsmobile driver, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, said Delahoz. Lemos was a 32-year-old man from Groveland.

Rogers’ husband, Aaron Rogers, 18, and her sister, Ashley Cage, 16, of Minneola, were both injured in the accident. They were flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Ashley is reported as being in critical, but stable condition and Rogers is in serious condition, according to Delahoz.

It is unclear whether alcohol was a factor in the crash and troopers are still waiting for the results from the medical examiner’s tests before making that determination. Lemos had been arrested in 2003 for driving under the influence, said Delahoz.

Lemos had been traveling the wrong way on S.R. 50 for a while before the crash, said the trooper. At the location where the accident occurred, S.R. 50 is four-lane, divided highway with a 36-foot-wide median.

“There is nothing that Heather did to contribute to the crash,” Delahoz said.

Heather Rogers’ and Ashley Cage’s parents were unreachable when reporters tried to contact them last Saturday.