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SPRING HILL, FL –  The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that killed a teenage motorcyclist in Spring Hill on Sunday night.

WFLA reports details of the incident that occurred in the vicinity of Devlin Street and Cortez Boulevard.

According to the FHP’s investigation, a 57-year-old woman was driving an SUV shortly after 10 p.m. when she drove through a stop sign without yielding and struck the 18-year-old motorcycle rider.  He was ejected from the motorcycle and collided with a pickup truck that was parked outside a bar on Cortez Boulevard.


MELROSE, FL – A sedan and a pickup truck were involved in a fatal crash in Alachua County on Tuesday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A report by the Main Street Daily News states that the accident happened on State Road 26 near County Road 219A west of Melrose at about 6:51 a.m.

The FHP’s investigation found that a man was driving a pickup truck eastbound on State Road 26 when he drove off the south shoulder of the roadway.  When he re-entered the road, he crossed over the center line and entered the path of a sedan driven by a 42-year-old woman.  The pickup hit the side of the car and the woman, a Starke resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.


BROOKSVILLE, FL – An accident involving an all-terrain vehicle in Hernando County caused the death of the 18-year-old driver, WTVT reported.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the young man was driving the ATV west on Langworthy Drive near Rester Drive in Brooksville on Saturday at about 4:40 p.m. when he failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

The ATV went onto a grass shoulder, collided with a wire fence and then hit a tree.  The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital.

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CITRUS COUNTY, FL – A driver was killed when his vehicle crashed in Citrus County early Saturday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to WFTS, the victim was a 29-year-old man from Lecanto.  The FHP said he was driving east on State Road 44 when he lost control of the vehicle near West Homosassa Trail at about 2:20 a.m.

The vehicle went over the grass median, overturned across the westbound lanes of State Road 44 and then ended up on the north shoulder of the road.  The driver, whose name was not released, died of his injuries.


OCALA, FL – Rescue crews responded to the scene of a two-vehicle collision at an intersection in Ocala last week.

According to a Facebook post from Ocala Fire Rescue, the accident happened in the area of SE 19th Avenue and SE 31st Street at about 7 a.m.

Crew members arrived to find that an SUV and a pickup truck had collided at that location.  One person was trauma alerted and three others, including two minors, were evaluated as a precaution.  No other injuries were reported.

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL – State troopers say a pedestrian was killed in an accident in Hernando County last week, the Suncoast News reports.

The victim was a 32-year-old man from Brooksville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Investigators said the man was walking north in the southbound lane of U.S. 41 near County Road 445 when the incident occurred last Friday.

The driver of a pickup truck was going south on U.S. 41 and while trying to negotiate a curve in the roadway, she struck the pedestrian.


DUNNELLON, FL – A head-on collision in Marion County Friday morning left one driver dead and another hospitalized, WKMG reports.

One of the drivers was an 89-year-old man who may have suffered a medical episode, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP said that man, a Dunnellon resident, was driving an SUV south on State Road 200 near County Road 484 at about 7:30 p.m.  An investigation indicated that the man veered into the direct path of an SUV going north, causing the two vehicles to collide.


MARION COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a golf cart and a pickup truck were involved in a deadly collision in Marion County on Tuesday morning.

According to WKMG, a 65-year-old woman was driving a golf cart east on SW 87 Loop in the Indigo East subdivision at about 11:50 a.m.  A crash report stated that the woman went through a stop sign and entered the path of a pickup truck pulling an enclosed trailer that was going south on SW 79 Terrace Road.

The golf cart collided with the right side of the truck and the woman was ejected.  She landed on the roadway, where she was struck by the trailer of the pickup truck.  The woman, an Ocala resident, was pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital.


ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said an accident in Alachua County on Saturday afternoon left two people dead.

According to WFTV, the incident occurred on Interstate 75 southbound near mile marker 372.  The FHP’s investigation indicated that a semi-truck hauling cars overturned on the west shoulder of the interstate.  Two people inside a minivan involved in the collision were killed.

The southbound lanes of I-75 were shut down near the scene, and southbound traffic was detoured at CR 234 and Williston Road while authorities responded to the wreck.


Unreasonable speeding in school zones has always been a problem, but now a new state legislation permits local governments in Florida to set up cameras to catch violators.

One study revealed that more than 98% of automobiles passing a high school were going 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, endangering nearby students and pedestrians.

The law states that if a driver is caught going 11 miles per hour over the school zone speed restriction, the registered owner of the car will be fined $100.

Untitled-design-59-200x300The cameras are activated 30 minutes before the start of school and 30 minutes after the last bell.

According to the law, there must be signs notifying motorists that cameras are in use, and there is a 30-day public awareness period during which motorists will get warnings prior to the imposition of fines.

Every morning throughout the school year, children across the U.S. wake up start their trek to school via automobile, bike, school bus, or on foot. To keep children as safe as possible, strict speed limits are posted and enforced near every school at time periods when children are coming and going.

When cars are moving slower, they have more time to react if a child suddenly steps or falls into the road. However, motorists who are not paying attention are a threat to everyone in their vicinity regardless of the posted speed limit. Even at 20 miles per hour, it takes a motorist about 23 feet to stop completely.

Here are a few tips to follow when driving near a school:

  • Always keep your eyes on the road to ensure the safety of children, other pedestrians, and motorists.
  • Keep your phone on vibrate or quiet to reduce distractions.
  • Use a hands-free device if you must take a call.
  • Never text and drive.
  • Keep your eyes on the road so you can stop or prevent a pedestrian collision involving a child who crosses without signaling since young children might behave erratically.

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