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Motorcyclist dies after bike collides with van

Besides the fatal crash, the Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at a pharmacy.

Published March 13, 2007


CITRUS HILLS - A motorcyclist was killed Monday afternoon after colliding with a van, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, was traveling on County Road 486 near Annapolis Avenue when he collided with a van, said FHP spokesman Larry Coggins. He did not have any more details about the crash, but dispatch records indicate it happened about 4:28 p.m. Monday.

Coggins said the motorcyclist was transported to Citrus Memorial Health Systems, where he was pronounced dead.

In other police news:

- Between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, a gunman robbed the pharmacy at the Winn-Dixie in Beverly Hills.

The robber went behind the counter and showed the pharmacist a handgun, but held it down by his side and never pointed it at her, said Gail Tierney, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. He told the pharmacist that she wouldn't get hurt as long as he got his "fix," Tierney said.

According to Tierney, the pharmacist, who was not injured, was forced to open the narcotics cabinet and hand over bottles containing two forms of powerful painkillers.

The total haul was several hundred pills, Tierney said.

After getting two bottles of hydrocodone and one bottle of a generic form of Dilaudid, the gunman ordered the pharmacist to lie down on the floor and count to 50, said Tierney.

"And when she finished counting, she looked up and the suspect was gone," Tierney said.

The robbery occurred at the pharmacy of the Winn-Dixie, 3565 N Lecanto Highway County Road 491.

The suspect, a white male with a slender build and standing about 6 feet, wore blue jeans, a tan shirt and had a cap pulled low over his eyes, Tierney said. He had brown hair and a bushy brown mustache.

Detectives are studying surveillance video and interviewing possible witnesses to get more information, Tierney said.

- Russell Wayne Simmons, 7381 W Wilder Ave., Homosassa, was arrested and accused of cutting another man across the chest with a knife.

The incident happened during a dispute Saturday night, reports indicate. The victim refused medical treatment.

Simmons was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was released on bail Sunday.

Earlier Saturday, Simmons was involved in a fistfight with another man, and he was charged with aggravated assault for that incident. He was released on bail.

Jorge Sanchez can be reached at (352) 860-7313 or



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