Second Pedestrian Suffers Traumatic Injuries as Truck Route Traffic Detours Through Downtown Brooksville
UPDATE 3:25 P.M. – Brooksville Police has released the identity of the victim as 69-year-old Melinda Bullough of Spring Hill.
Officials say Bullough did not used the marked crosswalk when she crossed Main Street, south of the Jefferson Street intersection. As a result, Bullough was struck by a pickup truck, driven by Gary Gleason of Inverness, causing her to strike her head on the pavement and suffer life-threatening injuries. Bullough was airlifted to Bayonet Point Hospital, where she remains in critical condition, according to officials.
Brooksville Police also provided an update on Wednesday’s accident, where County Worker, 65-year-old Edward Latwinas of Homosassa was struck by a logging truck at E. Jefferson Street and N. Broad Street.
Officials say Latwinas was standing in a cargo bed, working on a traffic signal, when a logging truck driven by 62-year-old Paul Heisler of Brooksville struck the bed of the truck, ejecting Latwinas onto the ground. Latwinas was airlifted to a trauma center for precautionary measure, but was later released after it was determined that his injuries were minor.
Heisler was cited for careless driving, according to officials.
BROOKSVILLE – For the second time this week, a pedestrian suffered serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in Downtown Brooksville.
Brooksville Police say An elderly woman was struck this morning by a Hernando County pickup truck at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Main Street, after she failed to utilize a marked crosswalk.
The woman was airlifted to a trauma center for treatment, where her condition remains unknown.
The driver is not expected to face charges in the crash.
A second crash occurred on Wednesday, just a few short blocks away at Jefferson Street and Broad Street, where a man was struck by a logging truck and suffered traumatic injuries. That victim was also airlifted to a trauma center for treatment. CLICK HERE FOR LOGGING TRUCK STORY
Heavy traffic has plagued the area since the truck bypass was shut down last week for railroad crossing construction. It is expected to be closed for up to 30 days, but Brooksville Police Chief George Turner says it could be much longer than that.
Will Singer, a clerk at Mountaineer Coffee on Broad Street says, “The congestion is bad, but it’s actually helped our business.”
Convoys of semi-tractor-trailers now travel the narrow two-lane, one-way streets that parallel the courthouse, where heavy pedestrian traffic cross the roadway without using the crosswalks every day.
There have already been several reports of wayward truck drivers inadvertently driving the wrong direction down one-way streets.
We will bring more on the conditions of both victims if officials provide that information.
CORRECTION: Our earlier report listed the age of Melinda Bullough as 48. Her correct age is 69. Our apologies for the error.
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