A trio of accidents on Pasco County roadways this past weekend resulted in two deaths and serious injuries to others.
Two incidents occurred Saturday, Aug. 1 – one in Dade City and the other in Hudson.
The Dade City accident was caused when the 70-year-old male driver of a pickup truck suffered a medical emergency and lost control while heading northbound in the outside lane of U.S. Route 301.
According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the unidentified medical emergency occurred while approaching the intersection of Gus Way, causing the truck to cross the center grass median, southbound lanes of U.S. 301 and enter the west shoulder of the roadway south of Gus Way. The truck struck a wood post and a concrete wall before going into a pond and becoming completely submerged.
A 67-year-old female passenger escaped the accident with minor injuries. The driver died after being transported to an area hospital.
Saturday’s incident in Hudson involved two vehicles. A sedan and an SUV (vehicle types were not described in detail on Florida Highway Patrol reports) were traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 19, south of Meridian Boulevard. The sedan, driven by a 37-year-old male from Pinellas Park, collided with the rear of the SUV, driven by a 68-year-old female from Hudson. The impact caused the sedan to overturn and the 28-year-old passenger from Spring Hill, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Both occupants of the sedan were taken to a nearby hospital. The male, who was wearing a seat belt and did not get ejected from the vehicle, died at the hospital and the female was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries and her 65-year-old male passenger from Brooksville did not report any injuries.
The third accident occurred Sunday night in Holiday and involved a pedestrian being hit. Reports state that a 41-year-old Tarpon Springs man was attempting to cross the northbound lanes of U.S. 19, south of Mile Stretch Drive, when he entered the path of a sedan driven by a 23-year-old female from Spring Hill. The report listed the pedestrian’s injuries as serious. The female driver did not sustain any injuries.