Man, 92, and Woman, 77 Die in Separate SR-52 Crashes, Hours Apart
PASCO – RNRF received several requests for information regarding two areas of road blockage on State Road 52, Wednesday afternoon. Sadly, both incidents involved the death of two elderly individuals, as a result of separate traffic accidents.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the first accident occurred just after 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Point Blvd and SR-52 in New Port Richey. The driver of a Ford Taurus, 77-year-old Judith Roka died after she pulled onto SR-52 from Point Blvd, and into the path of another vehicle. The other driver, 39-year-old Christopher Rivenburg sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The second crash occurred less than two hours later at the intersection of SR-52 and Hicks Road in Hudson.
According to reports, 92-year-old Nicholas Mandusic of New Suffolk, New York was driving eastbound on SR-52, when he failed to stop for a vehicle pulling onto SR-52 from Hicks Road. Mandusic was transported to Bayonet Point hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, 56-year-old Pedro Martinez was not injured in the crash.
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