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Accident kills one person, injures three

By ROBERT KING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 31, 2002

SPRING HILL -- A two-car accident Friday night at U.S. 19 and Trenton Avenue near Red Lobster left one person dead and three others injured, authorities said.

The accident, which occurred about 7:15 p.m., tied up traffic along U.S. 19 in Spring Hill for about two hours as three helicopters were called in to transport victims to area hospitals.

The Florida Highway Patrol still was investigating the accident Saturday, and a report said charges were pending.

Two cars were involved in the crash and one person died, according to FHP duty officer Tammy Davis. The highway patrol withheld the names of the victims in the car in which the passenger was killed pending notification of family members.

A highway patrol news release said a car pulled out of Trenton Avenue, the street that runs between Red Lobster and McDonald's, in an effort to turn south on U.S. 19.

That vehicle was struck by another car heading north, causing the first car to overturn.

The two people inside the first car -- the one attempting the turn -- were thrown from the car and one of them was killed, the report said. The unnamed driver of the car is 79.

Neither person in that car wore a seat belt.

The driver of the car heading north was listed as Chad Moore, 29, of 10047 Domingo Drive in Brooksville. The passenger in his car was listed as Donald Lacourse, age unknown, 17829 Carthage Ave. in Spring Hill. Their conditions were not available. Both wore seat belts.

Several Hernando County rescue units and at least one from Pasco County were called in to treat the victims, said Pete Knaff, the communications supervisor with Spring Hill Fire and Rescue.

Most of the victims were flown to hospitals in St. Petersburg and Tampa, though one was treated at a local hospital, Knaff said.

It is not known if alcohol was involved.

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