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Crash victim owned trucking company

75-year-old Stuart Butler, who died Monday, split his time between Florida and Virginia.

By JIM ROSS
Published March 14, 2007


CITRUS HILLS - The man who died in an accident Monday afternoon was a 75-year-old trucking company owner who split time between Central Florida and Richmond, Va.

Stuart A. Butler owned Butler Transport for 25 years in Richmond, according to Emmet Alexander, a Richmond attorney. A widower, Butler had two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.

Butler's Florida home was in Leesburg. He also had a sister who lived in Beverly Hills, the attorney said.

It's possible he was heading to or from her home when the accident happened.

Butler was eastbound on County Road 486 about 4:15 p.m. Monday when a westbound car turned left in front of his motorcycle at Annapolis Avenue, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The vehicles collided. Butler was taken to Citrus Memorial Health System, where he died.

Charges are pending against the other driver, Vera W. Hansen, 81. She was not injured. Her address was listed as Baldwinsville, N.Y.

The crash caused her car to hit a third vehicle, driven by Charles Cox, 45, of Inverness.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this story.