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Teenage girl killed in Port Richey car crash

By JAMIE JONES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 16, 2003

PORT RICHEY -- A teenager died in a car crash on Osceola Drive Saturday morning and her two passengers were seriously injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP did not immediately release the names of those involved on Saturday, and the conditions of the two passengers were not available.

FHP troopers were trying to piece together what happened, but they believed the girl was traveling south on Osceola Drive about 10:30 a.m. when she lost control near Sunbeam Drive. Her car skidded off the road and slammed into a Mitsubishi Mirage parked in front of 10915 Osceola Drive.

Her car then crashed through a chain link fence and came to rest in a grassy field between two houses.

A neighbor across the street heard the crash and ran outside to help. He held the driver's hand until paramedics arrived. Shortly after, they draped a sheet over her body.

Her two passengers were flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, said Battalion Chief James Maynard of Pasco County Fire Rescue.

While FHP troopers tried to figure out what happened, Kay Stout stood by the road, waiting for information.

Her 18-year-old daughter, Kendra, had parked the silver Mitsubishi on the road to take care of animals at a neighbor's house.

During the crash, Kendra's car had been pushed to the side of the driveway and was flipped around. She was not inside the car during the wreck.

"My daughter is terrified that she knows one of them," said Stout, who lives in the area. "It's just awful."

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