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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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  • Tom, when will you only allow comments for limited articles …… Smh!

    Friday, 29 July 2016, 10:58 pm
  • That was supposed to say: Prayers for the Websters!! 🙂

    Friday, 29 July 2016, 8:30 pm
  • Prayers got the Websters!!!

    Friday, 29 July 2016, 8:29 pm
  • Praying for the little boy!!

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:44 pm
  • Oh that’s right crazy b.I forgot you must have been there right? Do you see the damage to the car?! The van pushed them and squished them no matter the amount of space the results would have been the same, he was speeding no time to move. Instead of being inconsiderate try praying for the boy and his family.

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:26 pm
  • Hey little guy…I wish all your boo boos away… I wish everyone a fast recovery… I’m sure no one intended to have a day like this.. take care all.. Be safe..

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 10:53 pm
  • praying for all involved

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 9:17 pm
  • Healing love and light to all involved and their families

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 7:31 pm
  • Even if he was in a car seat, he could have been hit in the head with something in the vehicle that became airborne in the vehicle during impact. Happens all the time.

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 4:34 pm
  • Some people don’t know the right seats for their kids.. Because the law isn’t clear. I wasn’t asking to be an inconsiderate person.. I was asking as a mother who is concerned for anorher mothers baby. Merely to offer advice and information to prevent this again.. Everyone is so quick to think negatively. I’d never kick someone while they’re down.. Especially a parent!! We only know what we learn how can you learn if you’re not accepting of other people’s advice, experience and wisdom?

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:53 pm
  • Was the child in a car seat?

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 1:24 pm
  • Start paying attention people. This distracted driving has got to be dealt with. The laws for texting and driving should be the same punishment as dui. So sad that people have to be mortally wounded, children maimed or even killed. For the love of all that is good. Please be careful. You all have loved ones that would be devastated if something happens to you. Please slow down as well. Prayers for all the families involved.

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:26 pm
  • Thats why you give yourself room from the vehicle in front of you so you can move when you have to

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:15 pm
  • @valerie, I agree with you, prayers going up for this little guy and all the injured. Everyone is too quick to blame, especially on something like this and we don’t need lectures on how cars are made etc, Geez . I sincerely hope THE 3 YR OLD RECOVERS QUICKLY ,my heart breaks for the parents, I don’t think I could stand it. God bless and surround them with your love.

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 11:24 am
  • Mom of 4 boys seriously why ask questions just say prayers n move along no one has time to be interrogated with your questions n they don’t need to be answered! ! His parents aren’t dumb !! BTW this is my nephews cousin

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 9:44 am
  • Sad day , prayers for all the victims …. Careless , distracted driving and speeders are becoming a real problem in Hernando county ……

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 2:28 am
  • Healing prayers for all!!

    Thursday, 28 July 2016, 12:07 am
  • Was he in a car seat with a 5pt harness??

    Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:56 pm
    • you can have a 5pt harness momoof4boys but if you look at the damage done, it becomes wishful thinking in theory. Vehicles and the human body can only take so much force, trauma, and impact before internal injuries are inevitable. Seat belts for example are great in low speed crashes but in a highway speed crash, there is a grim reality for internal trauma regardless. Car companies do the best they can with resources at hand but we arent driving around in a complete roll cage and solid frame construction bc car companies are trying to do things like save gas mileage etc. hopefully all recover quickly especially the little ones.

      Thursday, 28 July 2016, 8:11 am
  • Prayers for ALL

    Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 11:46 pm

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