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One killed in head-on collision along Pasco-Hernando line

By TyLisa C. Johnson
Published: February 8, 2018 Updated: February 8, 2018 at 08:50 PM

The crash took place at about 5:45 p.m. Kenneth Koenen was driving a 2016 Nissan eastbound on County Line Road near Long Lake Drive, the FHP said, when he attempted to pass another vehicle using the westbound lane while in a no-passing zone.

Ahead of him was Yariel Iturriaga, 36, driving a semi westbound. Alexander Capote-Hernandez, 31, was riding with him.

Troopers said the semi swerved left into the eastbound lane to try to avoid the Nissan. But the Nissan swerved back into the eastbound lane, too, and the two vehicles ended up crashing "nearly head-on."

The FHP said Koenen died at the scene. Capote-Hernandez suffered minor injuries and was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Iturriaga was not injured. No charges are pending, troopers said.