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Head-on crash in Dade City kills woman


Head-on crash on slick road kills woman, 62

A 62-year-old Zephyrhills woman died Saturday morning in a head-on collision outside Dade City, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Jason Scott Benitez of Lutz was westbound on State Road 52 just east of Happy Hill Road about 7:20 a.m. when he crossed over the center line for unknown reasons, the patrol said. His Suzuki struck Joyce Burnett Lawson, who was driving a 1986 Ford, the FHP said. Lawson, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Benitez, 23, was wearing one; he was hospitalized in critical condition. It was raining and the road was wet when the crash occurred, the FHP said. SR 52 was closed for several hours.


Drivers argue; one goes to jail

Two drivers on Little Road got into an argument Sunday morning. When the cars stopped, the Sheriff's Office said, one driver got out, struck the other in the face and tossed his keys. Gabriel Hand, 36, of 3272 Bluestone Ave. in Spring Hill then fled, but returned to the scene after he noticed a witness following him, according to his arrest report. He was charged with battery on a person 65 or older and burglary with assault. He remained in jail Monday in lieu of $155,000 bail. The other driver, who is 71, was treated at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.


• People seeking information on proposed new flood zone maps in Pasco County should call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297, to reach the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The agency provided the wrong phone number for a story Monday.

• Sharp-eyed readers of Monday's Pasco Times noticed a 1957 Chevy pictured on the curb outside the old Flamingo Fountain in New Port Richey. Unfortunately, the caption said the scene was from 1955.

Pasco deaths

Casper, Marie Julianna Hansen

Cerny, Elena

Clements, John I.

Coker, John W.

Daniels, Alfred C.

Johnson, Col. Herschel L. Jr.

L'Hussier, Ellouise

Martin, Richard L.

Nowaczyk, Barbara J.

Sipple, Ruth F.

Stanley, Richard A.

Tabita, Harry L.

Tillotson, Lorraine J.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Head-on crash in Dade City kills woman 12/08/08 [Last modified: Sunday, December 14, 2008 1:08pm]
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