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Crash on Spring Hill Drive Claims Life of Port Richey Teen

SPRING HILL – Last night, RNRF reported a two-vehicle crash that left several injured on Spring Hill Drive. The Florida Highway Patrol is now reporting the death of a Port Richey teen who was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

Officials say Corey Hare, 28, of Hudson was traveling westbound on Spring Hill Drive in a Ford F250. Eric Jefferson, 49, of Port Richey was traveling in front of Hare’s pickup truck in a Dodge Caravan, when he stopped near the intersection of Treehaven Drive to deliver phone books. Hare failed to stop and collided with the rear of the van.

Jefferson and three passengers, La Shelle Stanley, 40, Verdell Pettis, 21, and a 7-year-old boy suffered minor injuries. A fourth passenger, Verdell Pettis, 18, of Port Richey was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital where he later died. Hare also suffered minor injuries.

The investigation continues and charges are pending, say officials.

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  • Sorry for the loss of life…. Very sad people are busy on phone doing their make up and God knows wat else I see it everyday..I’m not perfect I check phone occasionally too but I see people just stuck in their phone ……But I don’t know anyone who uses phone books anymore I feel like it is a waste of paper to be delivered to house then tossed away and creates more garbage…

    Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:05 am
  • Another reckless speeding tailgating fool!
    Too bad someone had to die again!
    Back the Freak up people, whatever happened to leaving a 1 to 2 car length space in between the car in front of you? Stop coming up my but, on my trunk while I’m driving 49mph on S.Hill Drive, morons!

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 6:18 pm
    • The minimum following distance is two seconds. The old version was one car length for every ten miles per hour. So the higher the speed, the longer following distance.

      Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 9:09 am
  • That is so sad to hear. My condolences to the family. I saw them yesterday delivering phone books in my neighborhood and I said I pray they are careful out here cause these people in Spring Hill drive reckless. Heartbreaking

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 5:47 pm
  • another inexperienced hotshot in a pickup truck. just like the dumbazz lady a few days ago. I hope the guilt eats you from the inside out.

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 3:33 pm
  • Rip Mook😥❤️

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 1:38 pm
  • His name was Treyvell Verdell Pettis he was 18

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:32 pm
  • My condolences to Verdell Pettis’s family and friends. Prayers for other’s involved for their healing.

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 12:18 pm
  • Shouldn’t be stopping traffic to deliver phone books.

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 10:23 am
  • So so sad Springhill Drive has become deadly was never designed to handle this much traffic and there are too many cut off’s prayers to the family

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 10:09 am
  • I saw this red caravan on a flatbed this morning.
    People actually stopped to stare when it drove by.
    Rear of caravan was all the way driver’s seat smashed.
    Holy crap the impact had to have been intense

    Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 10:09 am

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