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Briefs: Jacksonville man dies in 3-vehicle accident on Keene



Police have identified the passenger killed in a crash Friday night as James Vincent Lehosit, 27, of Jacksonville.

According to other details released by Clearwater authorities, Lehosit was a passenger in a green 1995 Cherokee Laredo traveling north on Keene Road about 7:45 p.m. At the intersection of Sunset Point Road, the Laredo was struck by a westbound silver 2007 Nissan Sentra that failed to stop for the signal light.

The impact caused the Laredo to roll onto its roof and enter the southbound lanes of Keene Road, where it struck a 2005 Kia Rio. Lehosit died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the Sentra, Casey Felix Schwartz, 28, of 1670 Sparkling Court in Dunedin, "did give indicators of possible impairment," according to Clearwater police. Charges are pending further investigation.


Driver charged with DUI in fatal collision

A rear-end collision late Friday killed Wyman Fletcher, 30, of Plant City, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The other driver is being charged with driving-under-the-influence manslaughter.

The accident occurred as both vehicles were driving south on State Road 39, approaching State Road 60. At 11:30 p.m., according to investigators, a 1997 Chevrolet Venture driven by Jonah West, 31, struck the rear of a 1999 Jeep Wrangler driven by Fletcher.

Both drivers then lost control of their vehicles and ran off the road.

Fletcher's Jeep hit a tree and rolled, ejecting him and coming to rest on top of him. Emergency workers took Fletcher to South Florida Baptist hospital, where he died.

West's car struck a power pole. He suffered minor injuries and refused a breath test. West was charged with DUI manslaughter and taken to the Orient Road Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt, the Highway Patrol said.

Briefs: Jacksonville man dies in 3-vehicle accident on Keene 06/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 16, 2008 7:41am]
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