HUDSON: Three Fatalities in less than Two Hours (Identities Released)
PASCO (HUDSON) – Last night, less than two hours apart, three people lost their lives in separate traffic related accidents in Hudson, and a third destroyed a patrol car.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 44-year-old Hudson Man was killed, after he walked into the path of a full size van, at the intersection of Little Road and Denton Ave.
The unidentified victim sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The driver had a green light, say officials, when he entered the intersection and struck the victim. Charges are pending and alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor.
While troopers were investigating the pedestrian accident on Little Road, reports of a second fatal accident prompted the response of emergency personnel to the intersection to New York Ave and U.S. 19.
Officials say a male and female were killed, when the 2011 Yamaha Motorcycle they were riding was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
according to reports, the motorcycle stopped for a red light at the intersection in the center northbound lane, when 30-year-old Joshua Stalker of Lamont, Florida, failed to stop and rear-ended the motorcycle.
Post-impact, the motorcycle wedged under the front of the truck and caught fire. Both victims sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Their identities have not been released, pending notification of next-of-kin.
The driver of the pickup truck was not arrested but charges are pending and alcohol has not been ruled out as a factor.
While deputies were directing traffic on U.S. 19, witnesses say a distracted driver drove through the accident scene and struck a patrol car. An official report has not been released, but sources say there were no injuries associated with that accident.
UPDATE: The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the two victims in last night’s fatal motorcycle crash as 50-year-old Lori Ann Gestring, of Spring Hill and 50-year-old Jaime Hernandez, of Belleview.
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