Driver dies when his car crashes into Bloodmobile

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 25, 2007

SHADY HILLS - A New Port Richey man was killed early Thursday morning when his vehicle veered in front of an oncoming Bloodmobile bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The patrol doesn't know why 58-year-old Robert Onstad's car drove into the bus' path.

The crash was at 7:40 a.m. on Softwind Lane, according to the patrol. Onstad, who was driving south, was not wearing his seat belt. The northbound Bloodmobile driver, Jean Dinapoli, wore hers.

Dinapoli tried to swerve right, away from the car, the patrol said, but the front left side of Onstad's car smashed the bus' front left side. According to Florida Blood Services, Dinapoli, 56, underwent surgery Thursday for a broken left leg at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

Two other employees on the bus, Mercedes White, 44, and Michael Clark, 27, also wore seat belts and were not hurt, the patrol said.