A Port Richey woman died in a fiery crash after her car was rear-ended by another car going faster than 100 mph on U.S. 19 early Monday in New Port Richey, troopers said.
Courtney Ann Kreckel, 38, was pronounced dead at Medical Center of Trinity about a half-hour after the 3:17 a.m. collision, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Ruan Sean Brosnan, 21, of Port Richey, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana, a Florida Highway Patrol report said. Other charges related to the crash are pending the investigation and toxicology tests, the troopers said.
Brosnan was driving a 2006 Mazda Miata Minor north on U.S. 19 in excess of 100 mph approaching Eastwood Lane behind Kreckel’s 2000 Kia Sephia, the report said. Brosnan failed to slow down or avoid the Sephia and struck the rear of Kreckel’s car at 3:17 a.m., investigators said.
After the collision, Kreckel’s Kia traveled across the highway’s median and caught fire upon stopping in the southbound left-turn lane, the report said.
Responding deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and rescue workers from Pasco County Fire Rescue extinguished the fire and extricated Kreckel from the car. She was transported to Medical Center of Trinity and died at 3:47 a.m., troopers said.
Brosnan was not injured, troopers said.
The crash closed U.S. 19 at the intersection for several hours. Southbound lanes reopened at 8 a.m. and northbound lanes reopened at 9:45 a.m., troopers said.