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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000

Mother sues county, McDonald's for death of 20-year-old daughter

The mother of a 20-year-old Inverness woman killed in an accident on Snow Memorial Highway is suing the county and her daughter's employers, saying a bad road and an overloaded car the woman was driving caused the May 1999 crash. Taneeka Lyons of 4807 E Bow 'N Arrow Loop was killed when the car she was driving slammed into a tree about a mile north of Lake Lindsey Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Lyons was not wearing a seat belt. Karen Hartzig, Lyon's mother, argues in the lawsuit filed Monday that the road had potholes, a dip and no clear recovery zone. She also blames McDonald's, where her daughter worked, for asking Lyons to deliver inventory from Brooksville store to a store in Inverness that day. When Lyon's car hit the tree, this inventory -- which the lawsuit says was improperly overloaded -- flew forward and killed her. At the time of her death, Lyons lived with her uncle, not her mother, who lived in St. Petersburg. McDonald's could not be reached for comment; county officials do not comment on pending lawsuits.

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