Two die in separate roadway incidents

Published April 23, 2007

Two lives were lost Saturday on Pasco roadways, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, and charges are pending in one death.

The first incident occurred at 2:13 a.m. in Land O'Lakes on northbound Collier Parkway, where, the FHP said, Duke Gray, 37, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Gray, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown onto the road.

He was then run over by a northbound 1997 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Ryan Cornett, the FHP said. Cornett, 17, also ran over the motorcycle, then fled the scene without reporting the crash or offering assistance, according to the FHP.

Gray, of 3218 Banyan Hill Lane in Land O'Lakes, was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa where he was pronounced dead. Charges are pending against Cornett, of 3347 Grove Place in Land O'Lakes.

The second incident occurred when a pedestrian was struck and killed after walking into the path of an oncoming vehicle on U.S. 19 in Hudson, according to the FHP.

The victim, 17-year-old Brittany Vogel, was walking west across northbound U.S. 19, just north of New York Avenue, about 6:45 p.m. when she stepped in front of Anila Patel's 2001 Nissan Altima, the FHP said.

Vogel, of 7838 Buttler Ave., was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where she was pronounced dead. Patel, 53, of 1201 Seminole Blvd. in Largo, was wearing a seat belt. She and her passenger were uninjured.