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Wrong-Way Driver to Blame for Head-On Collision, Driver’s Condition in Question

BROOKSVILLE – Last night, 14-year-old Javy Bonilla and his brother, 18-year-old Gabriel were involved in terrifying head-on collision on Cortez Blvd, just west of Spring Lake Highway.

Gabriel sustained minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital but his brother wasn’t so lucky.

When Fire Rescue arrived on the scene they discovered Javy unconscious inside the heavily damaged SUV. Bayflite responded and airlifted Javy to St Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where he is hospitalized at this time.

Javy’s mother, Sheila Bonilla say Javy sustained two broken ribs, a punctured lung, broken teeth, and several lacerations. She also says javy will be fitted for a brace to protect an injured tibia but they don’t believe it is broken. Javy is expected to remain hospitalized for at least three more days, says Sheila.

According to a report provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a 2006 Dodge Ram Pickup, 58-year-old Patricia Harpin Melnick was traveling in the wrong direction in the eastbound lanes of Cortez Blvd. In an effort to avoid colliding with Melnick, Gabriel served into the grassy median at the same time that Melnick chose the same evasive action. Both vehicles collided in the median head-on.

There are unconfirmed reports that First Responders believed Melnick was “ETOH” or intoxicated in medical terms. Melnick refused medical treatment and was not transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Despite several factors; the wrong-way driving, first responder’s belief that Melnick was under the influence of alcohol, and our video showing Melnick’s questionable behavior, Trooper Warren Reid chose not to conduct a DUI investigation or request a blood draw.

Trooper Reid did, however, cite Melnick for driving the wrong direction on the highway.

We contacted Sgt. Steve Gaskins with the Florida Highway Patrol who forwarded our inquiry to Trooper Reid. We will update this story once we receive an official statement from Trooper Reid.

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  • Any updates on why no sobriety test was doen?

    Sunday, 15 May 2016, 8:35 am
  • Look at the mug on that b-tch! If thats not the look of inibriation, I give up.

    Friday, 13 May 2016, 10:23 pm
  • She’s got FRIENDS in high places..

    Friday, 13 May 2016, 1:01 pm
  • Somewhat surprised that this is the only news site covering this story. Have looked on Bay News 9 along with Fox News and ABC Action News and can not find any details about this accident. Considering Wrong Way Driving is such a big issue and injuries involved do not understand why no other news organizations are covering this.

    Thursday, 12 May 2016, 7:35 am
  • HUDSON —

    Deputies arrested a man they say was driving the wrong way on U.S. 19 in Hudson on Monday night, and a witness caught the incident on video.

    Victor Casarella, 53, is facing charges of DUI following the arrest, which happened shortly after 6:15 p.m. at the RaceTrac gas station at 9952 U.S. 19.
    Video shows man driving wrong-way on U.S. 19 in Hudson
    Deputy says man showed signs of impairment

    According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, a driver called to report a man, later identified as Casarella, was driving north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 19. The caller reported that the wrong-way driver had pulled into the gas station.

    A witness posted video of the incident on his Facebook page. Deputies say they believe the car in the video is the same one Casarella was driving.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:06 pm
  • So… was the at-fault driver a relative, or just a friend, of the “investigating” trooper?

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 8:18 am
  • FHP is a JOKE ! Had a very similar incident with my daughter being t-boned on a side street in S.H. in which HCSO responded,when I asked the deputy if they had reason to believe he was under the influence,he threatened to arrest me for disrupting his investigation while my daughter was being treated while waiting for Bayflight,yet he allowed the guys wife to bring him coffee and food while he sat in his truck.Her life was never the same.Wake TFU law enforcement!!

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 7:50 am
  • There needs to be some accountability here on the part of local law enforcement when they drop the ball on important cases, as well as the FDLE, and FHP. Thr Governor really should step up and make an issue of this and call for full scale investigations ANYTIME law enforcement acts negligently. They were hired and trained to do a job….when they DON’T do it, they should be disciplined, and dealt with immediately.
    I think the Governor ought to investigate WHY blatant irresponsibility is running rampant here in Hernando as well as on the state level with FDLE, and FHP and put a stop to it immediately. He needs to make some heads roll!!!

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 4:53 am
  • Her family has been in Brooksville since 1955. Good ole boy favor?? She caused a 14 yr old boy major injuries that will require a long road of surgeries and rehab. Not even a dui test? This is super shady….she must know someone. Police run random DUI checkpoints and run tests without cause…but a wrong easy driver who causes serious bodily injury gets released with a ticket for simply driving the wrong way? I’m sure the attorneys are lining up. This isn’t over by far….the people of Hernando county are tired of the backwoods politics. These young boys and their family deserve more than what they are getting!!! Shame on the FHP.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:53 pm
  • she refused to all forms of treatment and medical after being in a serious crash and was driving the wrong way and fhp failed to conduct a fst. Time to call morgan and morgan.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:52 pm
  • She was arrested for aggravated child abuse in 2011, so shes a real keeper, time to sue a trooper

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:29 pm
  • No ,but they will sure as check give you a speeding ticket at the corner of 50 and Jasmine road, it’s a speed trap there, they’d rather mess with the people going to work than mess with this drunk, ridiculous

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:22 pm
  • Can only wonder if the dui test would have been given had it been the trooper or deputy family injured in this crash.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:21 pm
  • Please Trooper Reid why would you not do your job and do a field sobriety test the paramedics noticed something Tom i hope you will let us know about his actions

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:49 pm
  • She got arrested in 2011 for aggravated child abuse
    http://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Patricia_Melnick_5875632/

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 7:20 pm
  • Dereliction of duty!
    Plain and simple.
    Trooper needs to face disciplinary action and suspension.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 7:03 pm
  • Ditto to everything said above!! We want answers!!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 6:57 pm
  • Thank goodness it looks as if the young boy will recover. Was not sure with the looks of the accident. Prayers to all the family.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 6:25 pm
  • Get us some answers! This is BS !!!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 6:05 pm
  • To much ram not enough dodge

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 6:01 pm
  • Please wake up people. Hernando County rulers and all of their officers don’t give a flying flip about the innocent. They protect guilty. Remember officer Franco.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:38 pm
  • Under the circumstances, it would seem logical, that the first thing local LEO’s or FHP should do, is run a field sobriety test. Isn’t that part of having a FDL? That you agree to a sobriety test, ‘implied consent’, IIRC?

    Two young men have been injured, one severely, because a woman was driving in the wrong lane of traffic. How could anyone in their right mind, not question *why* she was driving in the wrong lane?

    Let’s play “What if?”

    She was stone cold sober and dozed off.

    She was stone cold sober and suffered some sort of medical episode.

    In those two instances, it seems to me, an honest person, not under the influence, would want to be checked out by the EMT’s; to prove she wasn’t under the influence.

    Or……..

    She was under the influence of legal or illegal substances and refused EMT treatment because she wanted to avoid a DUI.

    Regardless, IMO, the FHP should have done a field sobriety test. Not doing so possibly allows a person to avoid penalties.

    So does it come down to this: No DUI because of no evidence beyond her actions and the observations of trained EMT’s? Just a ‘reckless driving’ that sent two young men to the hospital?

    Was this her first such incident? Will it be her last?

    Who knows.

    Bottom line, letting a person who causes a serious accident, by driving in the wrong lane of traffic, resulting in two people air lifted to hospitals, should at the very least earn that person a visit to jail, blood test and face time before a judge.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:24 pm
  • Well this is ridiculous , obviously something wrong with the woman, and evidently the investigating officer, wow Prayers for the young victims, hope they make a speedy recovery.Driving is horrific around here and everywhere, now we can’t even trust the highway patrol to use common sense.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:22 pm
  • That is odd in the extreme, I once forgot to dim my headlights and FHP called in 3 units to give me a roadside sobriety test (I passed). A wrong way driver causes a wreck with severe injuries and no sobriety test? That should be investigated, it is very wrong.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:22 pm
  • Alright FHP drops the ball again. I cant believe they didnt order a blood draw or something.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:15 pm
  • They better do something cuz my two little cousins could’ve been dead right now. If she only gets a ticket I swear I’m gonna run her *** over to see if they gonna test me.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:14 pm
  • OH MY GOD! I pray that this is not the same officer who investigated Perkins killing of the little girl. WTF is wrong with our law enforcement officers? Laziest MF’ers I’ve seen and they let the guilty go, but it’s all who you blow and know.
    This county and FHP suck. They let people get away with murder, literally.
    This is why so many people don’t like cops. I’m sliding to that side too.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 5:11 pm
  • Seriously, driving on the wrong side of the road and no sobriety test. This is unbelievable!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:49 pm
  • With all the accidents involving wrong-way drivers and the havoc they cause, I can’t believe she wasn’t evaluated for alcohol or drug use. Had she not taken out one vehicle, she could have caused a major pileup of vehicles leaving a local ballfield. As it is she caused enough trauma to two innocent young people and their family.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:46 pm
  • Thanks for the update Tom. The official report should be very interesting.. Speedy recovery for the injured people.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:42 pm
  • SUMMMMMMMMMMMMMTHING STINKS HERE

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:34 pm
  • Why wouldn’t anyone not get a blood draw driving the wrong way , smh usually they are impaired !

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:28 pm
    • Because someone knew her, She probably has some kind of connection. I’ve seen this before and it just gets swept under the rug.

      Thursday, 12 May 2016, 2:07 pm
  • AGREED!!!!!! BECAUSE what she woulda had her head on the a big Rock truck. Because my huband is a truck driver that she missed only but a minute then she would be dead and my husband to blame even though she was going in the wrong direction. Who in the hell does this unless the impaired from alcohol or drugs or out of her dam mind from somthing she was wrong wrong wrong, but no breathalyzer no blood draw and 2 teens suffer for her negligence. Figures

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:27 pm
  • And the wheels of justice keep rollin on….
    Yeah, right!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:19 pm
  • Didn’t check her for dui?! He definately dropped the ball on that one.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:17 pm
    • Probably works for the Sheriff’s dept or some other related dept, Why else would that happen.

      Thursday, 12 May 2016, 2:04 pm
  • My wife was hit by an illegal alien with no driver’s license… He walked away Scott free. FHP investigated this too.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:17 pm
    • You can thank Obama and his Justice Dept for that.

      Thursday, 12 May 2016, 2:02 pm
  • Maybe she traded favors with the deputy….. Curious to hear his side of the story as to why she wasn’t tested if it was very blatantly obvious….

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:15 pm
  • Why wasn’t she evaluated for alcohol or drug intoxication? Doesn’t seem fair to not even check for that being why she was driving on the wrong side of the road, not to mention two teenagers have to pay the price for her stupidity.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 4:03 pm

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