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Boat flips on Homosassa River; one killed, several injured

HOMOSASSA

BOAT FLIPS; ONE KILLED, SEVERAL HURT

A man died and several people were injured when a boat flipped Sunday afternoon on the Homosassa River, authorities said. The man, who was not identified by investigators, was 45 to 47 years old, said Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Heather Yates. Authorities said seven to nine people were aboard the boat. "The boat flipped, and as a result of that there were multiple injuries to multiple people," she said. Several people were hospitalized after the incident, said Yates, who added that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will lead the investigation.

LECANTO

Pedestrian hit, killed on State Road 44

A Citrus County man died after being hit by a car as he tried to walk across a highway Saturday night, according to authorities. Robert Good, 57, of Lecanto was crossing State Road 44 around 9 p.m. when he was hit by a 2005 Hyundai XG350L driven by Melissa Bancroft, 31, of Inverness, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened just east of SR 44 and County Road 491, the patrol said. Bancroft was driving west on SR 44 and Good was headed north across the highway when he was hit, the patrol said. Neither Bancroft nor her passenger — Brock Harding, 21, of Hernando in Citrus County — was injured.

HOLIDAY

Death of man found in ditch is suspicious

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death Sunday after a man's body was found in a ditch. The body was discovered near Blossom Lake and Dartmouth drives, just north of Anclote Boulevard and east of Alt. U.S. 19. The Sheriff's Office said Sunday afternoon that it would not release any other details.

TAMPA

Busy highway opens again after rail work

Closed for almost a week because of a railroad crossing upgrade, Dale Mabry Highway in South Tampa has reopened. A segment of the highway was closed while the CSX tracks that cross it north of Gandy Boulevard were improved. But starting today, another busy South Tampa road will close to through traffic for another railroad crossing upgrade. MacDill Avenue will close in both directions between Gandy and Bay to Bay boulevards. Commuters who use MacDill Avenue are advised to take Dale Mabry Highway instead. The closure will allow CSX to upgrade the crossing between Santiago and Mason streets, according to the Tampa Public Works Department. The work should take a week.

Today's picks

PASCO COUNTY

'Transition, Chaos, and Now' exhibit by artist Kurt Holyoke: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Art gallery in Pottberg Library, Pasco-Hernando Community College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. (727) 816-3231 .

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando beach dredge project meeting, 4 p.m., Coast Guard Auxiliary, 4340 Calienta St., Hernando Beach.

Brooksville City Council, special meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall, 210 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., Zephyrhills.

Boat flips on Homosassa River; one killed, several injured 08/21/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 21, 2011 11:01pm]
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