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Crash sends four people to hospital

The collision caused an SUV to go airborne, sending its driver through the windshield and onto the road.

By STEVE THOMPSON
Published September 27, 2003

[Times photo: Brendan Fitterer]
Douglas Jarrett of Hudson climbs out of a Chevrolet Blazer as Pasco County Fire Rescue workers treat passengers injured in a two-car crash on Friday that sent the vehicle rolling in northbound lanes of Little Road, south of Ridge Road in New Port Richey.

NEW PORT RICHEY - A crash on Little Road sent four people to the hospital and created a bottleneck for northbound lunchtime traffic Friday.

Yolande Charlemagne was in a Toyota Corolla, making a left out of the Wendy's just south of Ridge Road at 11:50 a.m. She pulled out into a Chevrolet Blazer headed north and sent it airborne, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The Blazer flipped and rolled dozens of yards down the road, coming to rest on its left side.

The Blazer's driver, Robert Jarrett, 57, was thrown through the windshield onto the road. Had the SUV rolled one more time it would have crushed him, a state trooper said. Jarrett wasn't wearing a seat belt.

Rescue workers used the jaws of life to free his mother, Frances Jarrett, 76. She was in the front passenger's seat with her seat belt on.

In the back seat were Robert Jarrett's two brothers, Jeffrey Jarrett, 51, and Douglas Jarrett, 49.

Douglas Jarrett climbed out of the wreck on his own. He was wearing his seat belt, the accident report said.

Jeffrey Jarrett was not wearing a seat belt, the report said. He, his mother and Robert Jarrett were flown in helicopters to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Their conditions were unavailable Friday evening.

Robert Jarrett lives in Pompano Beach, the report said. His brothers and mother live in Hudson.

Charlemagne, 59, of Spring Hill was cited for violation of right of way. She said she did not see the Blazer as she made the turn. "I don't know where he came from," she told the Times. Charlemagne had been wearing a seat belt and was unhurt.

She had been on her way to the courthouse to drop off a certificate showing she had completed a driving class. She had taken the class because of a speeding ticket.

"I should have mailed it," she said.

- Steve Thompson can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245, or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6245. His e-mail address is sthompson@sptimes.com

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