Metal strip flies through windshield and fatally strikes real estate agent in tragic freak accident

The piece of metal that fatally struck Peggy Musto.

A Florida real estate agent has died after being struck by a flying 19-inch long metal strip while riding in a car in a tragic freak accident earlier this month.

Peggy Musto was in a vehicle with her husband on the Howard Franklin Bridge on April 4 when another vehicle ran over a piece of metal lying in the roadway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The object was "propeled" toward Musto’s vehicle, struck the engine hood, and then penetrated the windshield, the FHP said.

The vehicle immediately pulled over, and the 65-year-old Musto was taken to the hospital. She underwent emergency surgery and was in critical condition before she died from her injuries on Saturday.

"We are devastated by this senseless, horrific incident, and I am profoundly saddened and heartbroken that this has happened to the sweetest most precious person I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing," husband Glenn wrote a few days after the accident. "Peggy has endured more than her share of suffering in this world and through it all has maintained the most amazing positive attitude."

Peggy Musto was in the passenger seat when the metal strip crashed through the windshield.

The family said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that they are "mourning the loss of our beautiful and spirited Peggy."

Peggy Musto was a sales associate at Charles Rutenberg Realty Tampa Bay, according to her Facebook page. She was also president of "Staging by Peggy," billing herself as Tampa Bay’s "No. 1" property stager.

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