Rear-end collision in Hernando leaves one dead, two injured, says Highway Patrol

A 75-year-old Venice man died after being ejected from his vehicle, troopers say. Charges may be pending.
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Published March 25
Updated March 25

BROOKSVILLE — A 75-year-old Venice man died and two others were seriously injured when their vehicle was rear-ended in a crash that caused it to overturn Monday off State Road 50 near U.S. 301, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 75-year-old driver was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

The crash took place at about 12:14 p.m. The Highway Patrol said the other vehicle involved was a 2008 Ford Edge driven by Dalton Tschoepe, 26, of Dade City, headed west on S.R. 50.

Ahead of the Ford, in the same westbound lane, was a 1999 Toyota RAV4 driven by the 75-year-old Venice man with passengers Martha Kirwan, 73, of Venice; and Ann Peddle, 73, of St. Petersburg.

The Ford overtook the Toyota and crashed into its rear, troopers said. The impact sent the Toyota off the roadway and caused it to overturn, which led to the 75-year-old driver being ejected.

The Toyota driver, whose name was not released by troopers, was not wearing his seatbelt. The women riding with him were wearing their seatbelts but suffered serious injuries. Both were taken to AdventHealth Dade City hospital for treatment.

Tschoepe, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was not injured. Charges may be pending in this case, according to the Highway Patrol.

Contact McKenna Oxenden at Follow @mack_oxenden.