7-Injured in Separate Accidents, One Fatality, Boy, 3, Sustains Skull Fracture
REGIONAL – Earlier today we reported two serious crashes in Hernando and Citrus Counties that injured at least 7-people, and claimed the life of a Homosassa woman.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, around 8:30 a.m. a 2008 Nissan Frontier was traveling eastbound on CR-480, when it collided with a 2013 Mazda CX-5 traveling northbound on CR-491 in Inverness. 64-year-old Laura Kurutz was airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The driver, Christine Guntert, 53, and passenger Michael Abel, 60, of Weeki Wachee sustained serious injuries and were also airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital.
The driver of the Mazda, Lee Becker, 73, and passengers, Kevin Hohn, 61, and Ronald Jensen, 70, all of Brooksville sustained serious injuries. Two were airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital and one was transported to Citrus Memorial for treatment.
Officials say Guntert failed to yield for a stop sign, which led to the collision. Charges are pending say officials.
Around 3:00 p.m. Fire Rescue responded to a three vehicle crash on Commercial way at the intersection of Pepper Street in Spring Hill. Early reports suggested that a woman and child were injured and we now know that Christine Webster and her 3-year-old son Edward Webster involved in the crash.
According to family, Edward sustained a skull fracture and has since been transported to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment. Christine only sustained minor injuries in the crash.
There are unconfirmed reports that the driver of the church bus became distracted which led to the rear end collision. Family says all those involved were extremely concerned for the child’s well-being.
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