Driver charged with DUI after pedestrian hit
A man walking across the eastbound lane of State Road 54 near the Suncoast Parkway was struck and critically injured early Friday by a driver who has been charged with DUI, authorities said. Dallas Jaamal Young, 21, of Land O'Lakes failed to use a crosswalk and improperly crossed the path of the truck, which hit him about 1:16 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said. Young was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Maurice John Brosnan, 73, of Port Richey was driving the 2006 Ford pickup and crashed into a utility pole after hitting Young, the FHP said. Brosnan, who was not hurt, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI-property damage, DUI-serious injuries, refusal to submit to testing and careless driving. He was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Friday on $5,650 bail.
City, police join messaging system
The city and the Port Richey Police Department have joined the Nixle community messaging system. Residents who register at www.nixle.com can get updates sent to their cell phones or e-mail about crime alerts, street closures and other matters. The service, also used by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, is free.