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A Citrus County woman was killed and four others, including her two children, were injured in a Sunday morning crash in Pasco County.

The crash happened on U.S. 41 just south of County Line Road in Spring Hill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old man was driving northbound in a 2018 Hyundai Accent when he drifted into the southbound lane. His vehicle collided head-on with a 2002 Saturn SC2 driven by a 30-year-old woman.

The woman died at the scene. Two passengers in her vehicle, a 9-year-old and a 7-year-old, were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries.

The other driver and his passenger were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

FHP did determine that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The roadway was closed for hours as crews cleared the scene.

The collision is still under investigation.

Alcohol-related collisions are entirely avoidable. When drunk drivers cause serious personal injuries and/or wrongful death, our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can provide the legal representation needed to hold the responsible party accountable and to recover the compensation you deserve.

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A 46-year-old bicyclist died Sunday on Rowan Road from a hit and run.

Residents say the road is dangerous and urge pedestrians and bicyclists to exercise extreme caution.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, it was just before 6 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle hit the bicyclist on Rowan Rd. The driver left the scene, and the bicyclist died from his injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol said after heavy media coverage, a woman reached out to say she’d been in a crash. She surrendered a 2000 Toyota pickup that troopers said matches evidence from the crash site.

The speed limit in the area is 45 mph, which is why most of the nearby residents believe the road is so dangerous. Drivers tend to speed and fail to to slow down or stop for pedestrians and bicyclists.

For those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a hit and run bicycle accident in Pasco County, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are on your side to help you recover the maximum monetary settlement for your losses. We have successfully represented numerous clients who have been involved in hit and run accidents, and we fight aggressively to get the best possible financial outcome for your unique case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve to pay for the cost of your injuries, any lost wages and other losses.

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If you are going to be one of the estimated 36.6 million Americans hitting the road for Memorial Day weekend this year, our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to consider leaving early in the morning or later in the evening Thursday (May 24) or Friday to avoid the worst of the traffic.

AAA, which tracks holiday travel throughout the year, said in a news release a total of 41.5 million Americans will travel for Memorial Day weekend this year, the most in more than 12 years. That total, a 5 percent increase from 2017, includes those flying and driving as well as those traveling by train, bus and cruise ship.

About 36.6 million people are expected to drive to their Memorial Day destination, the release said. That is up 4.7 percent from last year despite higher gas prices, which are the most expensive we’ve seen in four years.

Nationwide gas prices averaged $2.72 a gallon in April, up 33 cents from last year.

Just to recap: the worst of the Memorial Day traffic is likely to be in the late morning and early afternoon Thursday, May 24, and Friday, May 25, as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers, according to an analysis by AAA and INRIX, a global transportation analytics company. Travel times during these peak hours could double and even triple, the release said.

For Floridians: Orlando is expected to be the most-visited city over Memorial Day weekend. Orlando will also have the busiest airport this Memorial Day weekend.

Our Pasco County Injury Lawyers want you to drive defensively on the roads for this holiday period. The following tips will help you to know what to do in many situations, so that you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.

  • Never use a cell phone while driving: If you are talking or texting on your phone, you are not giving your full attention to driving, which leaves you at a higher risk for causing an accident. Using a cell phone is extremely distracting, and you should only use it when the car is parked.
  • Pay attention to all traffic signs: Failing to do this simple task could mean you end up speeding or going the wrong way on one-way streets. If you are paying attention to all road signs, you will know what the posted speed limit is, and you can stay within it. Make sure that you obey all traffic lights as well. One wrong turn at a signal light could end in a fatal accident.
  • Never drive too closely behind another vehicle: You need to make sure that there is plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, just in case you need to come to a fast stop.
  • Give others the right of way: Let’s say you come to a four way stop or other situations where it may be difficult to figure out who has the right of way. When you are in this type of situation, it is best to just let other drivers have the right of way. It may take a few extra seconds to wait, but you will still get where you are going and can avoid an unnecessary wreck.

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The crash happened at Trinity Boulevard and Tamarind Boulevard at 5:30 a.m.

Trinity Blvd was closed for several hours at Tamarind.

Troopers said the man killed was a 49-year-old of New Port Richey.

According to the FHP, the man was walking in the center of the westbound lane of Trinity Blvd. when a 2000 Mercedes being driven by a 63-year-old Trinity man entered the lane.

Troopers said the driver did not see the man, who was dressed in dark colors and was walking in an unlit area, and struck him the roadway. The man died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

It is absolutely devastating to lose a loved one in an accident, especially if someone else was responsible for the loss. That is why our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton work tirelessly to ensure our clients are compensated for their losses. If you have found yourself in the unfortunate situation of losing a relative or loved one in an auto accident, you can trust us to represent you and your best interests in court.

We have the skill and resources to see your case through from start to finish, and we will fight aggressively to recover maximum compensation. We will conduct an independent investigation into the crash and collect the evidence necessary to achieve a successful outcome on your behalf.

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A 45-year-old Zephyrhills woman was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she was a passenger on a Kawasaki motorcycle involved in a crash on State Road 54 just before 8:30 p.m.

Troopers said the man driving the motorcycle was heading westbound on SR 54 approaching Morris Bridge Road when he failed to stop and crashed into the back of a Honda Civic.

Both the man and the woman were thrown from the motorcycle. Both were wearing helmets.

Troopers said the woman died at the scene. The male motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries and remains at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

The driver and passenger in the Honda were not injured.

Troopers said the crash, which is under investigation, was not alcohol related.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that more than 4,500 motorcycle deaths occur every year. The victim could be the rider, passenger of the motorcycle, pedestrian, or any party who is unfortunate enough to be at the scene of an accident. These wrongful deaths usually occur because of another person’s negligence and leave families at a loss for what to do.

When someone is killed in a motorcycle accident, multiple parties can be negatively affected. In most cases, the following people would be entitled to receive financial compensation:

  • Widow
  • Next of kin or heirs
  • Children
  • Parents

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A 2-year-old girl is confirmed dead after she was found floating in a Port Richey lake on Sunday.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Willow Drive just before 1 p.m.

The child was transported to a hospital where she later died.

Investigators believe the child was able to get out of a lanai at the residence.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation, but said the incident appears to be accidental.

Drowning accidents can occur in natural bodies of water, swimming pools, hot tubs, or even in the bath. A drowning accident victim can die within five minutes of submersion and a small child may drown in less than two inches of water. If someone survives a near drowning they can be left with severe injuries such as permanent brain damage and disability.

Pursuing a lawsuit for a drowning or near drowning accident all depends on the circumstances of the accident. Our Pasco County Swimming Pool & Drowning Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you determine what will be best for your case. If you have suffered from losing a child or someone you love in a drowning or near-drowning accident, we can advise you of your options for pursuing a legal claim.

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An investigation is ongoing into the death of a worker killed at a Pasco County landfill.

The 46-year-old worker at a private landfill in Hudson was found dead Saturday morning in what deputies say appears to be a work-related accident.

The body of the man was found at Coastal Landfill Disposal, a privately owned landfill at 11416 Houston Ave.

The death doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Pasco County Sheriff’s investigators said the worker had been in a trash shredding machine clearing a jam when he instructed other workers to restart the machine.

After approximately 1 to 2 hours, the other workers realized they had not seen the man and did not know where he was since repairing the machine. They began digging through the debris the machine discarded into the landfill and located his body.  

The Sheriff’s Office’s forensics unit as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

In most construction jobs and some other occupations, large equipment, machines, and vehicles are necessary to complete the work project. As an employee, you can be expected to work with heavy machines every single day. work with and around them every single day. The bad news about this line of work is that it places you and your co-workers at constant risk for serious injuries or wrongful death.

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A 59-year-old man was killed in a Sunday night crash in Pasco County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the Zephyrhills man died at the scene of the crash on Lake Iola Road shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Troopers said the man was traveling southbound on Lake Iola Road and failed to negotiate a right curve south of Blanton Road.

His vehicle drove onto the east shoulder, collided with a street sign, then collided with several trees. The vehicle also overturned.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Pasco County car crash, you do not have to deal with the aftermath by yourself. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help defend your rights and pursue full and fair compensation for all of your suffering.

We may be able to help you recover various forms of financial compensation to help you deal with the physical, emotional and financial damages you have encountered, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Doctors’ visits and copays
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage

If you lost a loved one in a Zephyrhills collision, our Pasco County Wrongful Death Lawyers might be able to help you obtain financial awards for:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of emotional support
  • Medical expenses prior to the death of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of retirement and/or insurance benefits

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A 17-year-old teen was killed in a vehicle crash Friday evening around 5:30 p.m. at US Hwy 98 and Trilby Road.

Trooper said a Jeep Cherokee was traveling westbound on Trilby Rd. and failed to yield for a flashing red light at the intersection of US 98. The jeep ran through the intersection into the path of a GMC Terrain that was traveling southbound and had a flashing yellow light.

The Terrain collided with the passenger side of the jeep. One of the passengers in the jeep, the 17-year-old teen, was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, troopers said. He was transported to Dade City Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The driver of the jeep received minor injuries and his second passenger received serious injuries and was transported to Lakeland Regional.

The driver of the Terrain only received minor injuries.

Troopers are continuing to investigate and charges are pending, according to the report.

Seatbelts save lives. Our Pasco County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton cannot stress this enough. Statistics show that bucking up in the front seat of a passenger car can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and moderate to critical injury by 50 percent. While wearing your seatbelt is the smartest thing to do every time you get in a car, it is also the law in Florida.

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Holidays are known for celebrations and usually celebrations mean alcohol is involved. Many party goers knock a few back with friends and family and proceed to drive themselves home. Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous and often results in serious drunk driving accidents.

The number of drunk driving-related incidents increase substantially on or around the fall and winter holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) acknowledges that the holidays are a dangerous time to be on the roads due to intoxicated drivers. The NHTSA even has a campaign for increased law enforcement efforts for DUI called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Our Pasco County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton want you to know that you can hold a drunk driver liable for your injuries or even the wrongful death of a loved one. While we cannot take your injuries away, or bring back a loved one, you do have the right to seek financial compensation from a drunk driver who causes your accident. We can help you obtain money for the following:

  • Economic damages for past and future lost income and past and future medical expenses.
  • Noneconomic damages for loss of enjoyment of life, disability or disfigurement, emotional distress, or physical pain and suffering.
  • Punitive damages, which is compensation paid to victims meant to punish the drunk driver for their behavior.

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