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Pasco girl, 10, hit by truck, flown to hospital

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 18, 2004

DADE CITY - A 10-year-old girl remains hospitalized after being struck by a truck Wednesday.

Kaitlyn Derosa of Dade City was on the shoulder of Old St. Joe Road near Curley Road, getting mail from the mailbox about 3:30 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said. She turned to cross Old St. Joe Road and stepped into the path of a Ford pickup driven by 16-year-old Katrina Bogert of Dade City. Kaitlyn was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Her condition was not available Wednesday night. Bogert was not injured.

Bicyclist who collided with patrol car identified

TAMPA - Sheriff's officials confirmed Wednesday that Plant City resident Ronald Seger Jr., 43, was the bicyclist who died Tuesday night after he turned into the path of a first-year deputy's oncoming patrol car.

Hillsborough Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Rod Reder said it appears Deputy Steven Figueredo, 34, was not at fault.

Seger was pedaling south on rural McIntosh Road toward his home on Holloman Brook Road about 8:30 p.m. when he turned into the path of Figueredo's marked patrol car, which according to a sheriff's report was traveling at the posted 45 mph speed limit.

Figueredo, 34, swerved to avoid hitting Seger but couldn't get out of the way in time, Reder said. The left front end of the patrol car hit Seger, and he flew into the windshield. The car went into a ditch, hit a tree and landed on the driver's side, trapping Figueredo inside until a passerby stopped to help, Reder said.

Reder said Seger's bicycle didn't have safety lights, and Figueredo wouldn't have seen the one reflector on the front of the bike because of the angle at which his car approached Seger.

Seger, a handyman who was returning home from a convenience store, died at the scene. State records show Seger was arrested in 1996 and charged with driving under the influence. He later lost his license after failing to complete a DUI course. He was arrested last year and charged with driving without a license, jail records show.

The deputy's car was nearly a total loss, but he was not injured. Figueredo is on a previously scheduled two-day break from work, and Reder said it's unlikely his job status will be affected by the accident.

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