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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.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

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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  • Everybody slow down work area!

    Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 7:34 pm
  • O.K.who the hell is in charge of this mess closing 50 and MLK Before you finish one job dont take on another this is a real mess !!! if I owned the speedway I would be taking someone to court!!! that corner has been messed up for a long time and to make things worse then they close 50 for the railroad tracks now all the trafic is rerouted on 41 over the other tracks so that will be next!

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 2:40 pm
    • Drive slowly ,daaaaaaa

      Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 7:32 pm
  • I know someone who worked with Mel for over 15 yrs.,and they say they know damn well she was not jay-walking to the bank….just saying. I’m very sorry for both parties involved, but there should be a more thorough investigation!

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 1:06 pm
  • Prayers for Mellinda, and her family. A “bump” to the head is not just a bump! Our brain is resilient, strong, and stubborn, it wants to fight back for its normal brain function. Please say prayers for this lady, for she is not presently doing well.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 11:08 am
  • A picture says a thousand words. Look at the picture and you’ll see where the victims blood is on the road and on the white rag. In the same picture you’ll see where the white line for the parking ends. The victim was a very slow walker, and new her limitations. Let her blood speak for her.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 10:59 am
  • Another example of Lack of respect for laws and lack of enforcement of the law no matter how small the law seems leads to one person in the hospital and one law abiding citizen having to deal with PTSD of injuring another person. Having personal experience of living with the PTSD of hitting someone with a vehicle ( I was not at fault), the driver will deal with this for the rest of his life. Laws are in place for the safety of all. My thoughts are with both the Jaywalker and the driver of the truck. However, both will never be the same for the rest of their lives.

    Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:50 am
    • Brannon

      Walk the scene. I did. A truck turning at 25 MPH will throw you 15-20 feet. Her body was approximately that lesser distance from the cross walk. The truck stopped another 10-20 feet past that. She was a careful slow walker. Every step was deliberate. She was in or on the edge of the cross walk. This was not in the middle of the block.

      A step or two off of the cross walk does not condemn you or make you a target. A pederstrian crossing on a green with the walk signal always has the right of way!

      I was told by a reliable source within 1/2 hour that “she was in the cross walk

      Sunday, 25 February 2018, 8:15 am
      • Since I was not there I can only rely on the events as they are reported. However this accident happened it does not change the point of the message. Again, my thoughts are with both the alleged jaywalker and the driver of the vehicle.

        Monday, 26 February 2018, 10:48 am
        • Count the number of crosswalks between bypass 50/ Cortes and Ponce De Leon. “Zero” in a two mile distance. Is every one who crosses a steet a jaywalker?

          On east bound Cortez at Main there are two large signs

          “Vehicles Yield to Pedestrians.”

          BTW that is the law.

          The law also requires that every driver involved in an accident where someone is injured to be cited.

          Sunday, 4 March 2018, 3:20 pm
  • County Sherrif”s police protecting a county employee in a county vehicle. A very reliable source reported soon after the incident that Bullough was “in the cross walk”. A few hours later the source reported that there was a “report” that she was not. Sounds fishy. Bullough walked slowly, carefully and controlled. This is not like a 13 year old dartingbout into traffic. She may have been dragged. Who are the witnesses? Store cameras?

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 11:21 pm
    • Ok lets take of the tin foil hat and return from conspiracy land.

      Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:52 am
  • Just curious little little Lu. Are you familiar with how and where to cross the street? If so, did you learn this from the police department or did your parents or maybe a teacher teach you to look both ways before crossing the street? Why on earth is it the responsibility of the lock police to educate people on common knowledge or things that should have been learned in early grade school. I read people’s postings on the local police and deputies not doing what society thinks they should be doing and not catching criminals but yet you want them to waste time, effort, and resources on educating the public on how to cross the street….can’t you think of something a little more productive to complain about?

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 9:25 pm
  • It has been dangerous downtown for pedestrians for a very long time, long before the extra traffic due to the truck route being closed. Many times it is safer to jaywalk than cross at crosswalks. Folks fly around corners. 18 wheelers turn on to Main Street west side of the courthouse & take out curbs. Folks park on wrong side of street. One takes their life in hand when crossing from the SunTrust drive through side over Jefferson to Mainstreet Eatery AT THE CROSSWALK WITH THE WALk LIGHT or vice versa. Folks fly around the corner turning right on red without even stopping. Folks, including school busses & city police, run red lights. IT’S DANGEROUS TO BE A PEDESTRIAN DOWNTOWN. I was a business owner on Main Street for 13 years. God bless Mel and her family. I never knew her to jaywalk.

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 7:11 pm
  • I was on county line rd. Around mariner yesterday following a semi that had a VERY DANGEROUS DRIVER behind the wheel. First off speeding from a construction zone there, then tailgating driver in front of him. When front driver went to turn off semi driver NEVER ATTEMPTED TO BRAKE OR SLOW but veered into oncoming traffic lane and attempted to go around WITH TRAFFIC COMING AT HIM!!!!! After almost causing an accident semi driver ROARED down the road towards 41.For everyone’s safety semi was a rock/sand hauler with long dump trailer. Couldn’t catch company name or truck #or tag. This driver is VERY DANGEROUS .Beware and give these folks space. I know for a fact the more loads they pull the more money they make but if you are DEAD OR IN JAIL HOW CAN YOU SPEND IT?????

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 5:31 pm
  • They are doing more than just working on the railroad crossing. They have the entire road dug up looks like about 4 feet down, pouring concrete in. Just like they are doing at the intersection of 98 and 50, looks like it will be closed for months not just 30 days.

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 4:20 pm
  • I don’t think a 48 y/o woman should be called elderly .. What does that make me???

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 4:05 pm
    • Thats right.People do not like being called elderly unless it is to get a discount,free items or early bird specials.Then they have no problem being called elderly.

      Friday, 23 February 2018, 5:02 pm
      • Go figure please STFU

        Friday, 2 March 2018, 4:22 am
  • A bad choice led to bad results. People can be so careless.

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 4:04 pm
  • mmmmmmmmm They do paint those lines for a reason !! And you hate to see anyone hurt but that poor driver will live with this forever !!!

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:55 pm
    • I agree with you Nickynorker. Prayers for the lady and truck driver..

      Friday, 23 February 2018, 4:48 pm
  • Bullough did not used the marked crosswalk when she crossed Main Street. That’s on her folks !!! My heart goes out to the driver on this one 🙂 Although I wish no harm on her either !!!!!

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:53 pm
  • You would think BPD would be here in downtown slowing down the traffic as it turns into the one-way streets. I have also written the Police Chief and Council Members in the past about the need to educate pedestrians and bicyclists around here, but no one is interested in doing so. Expect more stories like this for the next few weeks unless Turner decides they should place additional traffic patrols on the detour route like he should already be doing. It’s always reactive instead of proactive around here. You give them suggestions and they just ignore them.

    Friday, 23 February 2018, 3:52 pm
    • This is not kindergarten.Police are not responsible to hold a persons hand and make sure they cross in the crosswalk

      Friday, 23 February 2018, 5:00 pm
      • I agree. They could enforce the pedestrian and bicycle laws so people will get the hint, though.

        Friday, 23 February 2018, 9:10 pm

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