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17-year-old passenger dies when vehicle strikes tree

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 15, 2004

A St. Petersburg teenager was killed Friday night in an automobile accident in northeast Hernando County.

Kevin Scott Elliott, 17, of 3545 Eighth Ave. N., was one of three passengers in a vehicle driven by Russell W. Keller, 19, of 2629 61st Ave. N. Keller was driving a 1994 Saturn southbound on County Road 481.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, about 10:30 p.m., Keller ran a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 41, applied his brakes and slid off the east shoulder of the roadway, striking a large pine tree.

Elliott was killed, Keller and the other passengers sustained minor injuries. Highway Patrol officials said criminal charges against Keller are possible.

[Last modified February 15, 2004, 01:15:45]

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