Lynn Cobb, a veteran adviser to a succession of Florida House speakers, died Friday evening in a two-car crash in Woodville, south of Tallahassee.

Cobb was pronounced dead at the scene after her SUV was hit head-on by another vehicle that had been “swerving in and out of traffic, passing other cars” on the two-lane highway, WCTV6 Tallahassee reported, citing a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Cobb, 74, was to serve under Richard Corcoran when he assumes the speakership following next week’s elections.

Corcoran and outgoing Speaker Steve Crisafulli issued a joint statement to members of the House: “To call Lynn Cobb an institution of the Florida House is to understate her influence and importance. The public may not have known her name, but generations of members and staff relied on her wisdom, her expertise, and her common sense.

“Her presence and lasting impact can be felt not only throughout our Florida Statutes but also in the hearts and memories of all who worked with her,” they added. “Lynn brought the strength of her intellect and the passion of her convictions to everything she did.

“Her infectious laughter, her dry wit, and her zeal for the work she loved will be her legacy and our collective memory. Lynn loved the Florida House, and we can take comfort in knowing that she was doing the thing that she loved most right up to her final hours on this earth. She will be missed beyond words but never forgotten.”

Gov. Rick Scott tweeted a message of support, “So sad to hear of the tragic death of longtime public servant Lynn Cobb. @FLAnnScott and I have her family and @MyFLHouse in our prayers.”

So sad to hear of the tragic death of longtime public servant Lynn Cobb. @FLAnnScott and I have her family and @MyFLHouse in our prayers.

— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott)

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