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Man killed on U.S. 19 identified

The boat repairman and Hudson business owner died on Christmas Day after stepping in front of a car.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 28, 2000

HUDSON -- Rick Hesson, a 50-year-old lifelong boat repairman and local business owner, was the pedestrian killed Christmas Day trying to cross U.S. 19 not far from his home.

A Florida Highway Patrol report said Hesson crossed the busy highway just north of Beach Boulevard at 6:53 p.m. Monday. Troopers said Hesson had been drinking.

Hesson stepped into the path of a southbound car driven by Mary Ann Hannigan, 21, of New Port Richey, FHP officials said. Hannigan and her passenger, Patrick O'Neill, 24, of Spring Hill suffered minor injuries.

Hesson, a native of New York, owned Marine Services Outdrive Experts in Hudson and lived at 13126 Beacon Court, less than half a mile from where he was killed.

Hesson had been involved in boat repair since he was 16, his mother said Wednesday.

"All his life he fixed boats and motors," Betty Hesson said.

Rick Hesson's identity had been withheld until the FHP could notify his family. Hesson's wife, Lori, had gone home to upstate New York for the holidays.

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