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Man hit by car suffers severe brain injury

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 19, 2007


NEW PORT RICHEY

A 52-year-old man who ran across the path of a car on U.S. 19 Wednesday night is brain dead, New Port Richey police said Friday. Eduardo Mejia, of Costas Ave. in New Port Richey, ran westbound across the busy highway near Cross Bayou at about 8:32 p.m. Wednesday, said Cpl. Steve Kostas. Mejia, who was headed to Labor Ready, a company that contracts work, ran into the path of 17-year-old Neysha Pagan's 2003 Toyota sedan, Kostas said. Pagan, of Holiday, will not be charged, Kostas said, because Mejia ran in front of her car.

PORT RICHEY

Center in need of food donations

The Center for Hope food pantry desperately needs nonperishable food items to stock its shelves. State Rep. John Legg is accepting food donations at his office, 10014 Grove Dr., Suite B, in Port Richey, through Friday. People can also bring their donations directly to the Salvation Army's Center for Hope at 8040 Washington St., Port Richey. Both offices are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. "If everyone donated just one can of food, " Legg said, "it would make an enormous difference to the Center for Hope."

COUNTYWIDE

Favorite places to eat need your vote

Have you filled out your Pasco Times "Favorite Restaurant" Reader Poll ballot yet? The form appeared in the Friday edition of Pasco Times and asks you to tell us your Favorite Breakfast Places, Favorite Early Bird Special, Favorite Ethnic Restaurant, Favorite Big Night Out, Favorite Pizza and Favorite All Around. Deadline for submitting votes is 5 p.m. on June 1. We'll visit the winning restaurants, do stories and reveal the results throughout the summer.