NEW PORT RICHEY
Tampa Man gets 5 ½ years for fatal crash
Theodore Papadopoulos, a 41-year-old Tampa man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to causing a fatal 2009 crash, has been sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison and his driver's license will be suspended for six years. On Aug. 29, 2009, Papadopoulos sped on Green Key Road when he hit a curve, lost control of his red Chevrolet Corvette and hit an oncoming car. His passenger and friend Ernest "Ernie" Baez, 57, of New Port Richey was killed. Two people in the other car had minor injuries. Papadopoulos, who suffered a collapsed lung and head trauma, had alcohol in his system, but it was not enough for a DUI charge, Assistant State Attorney Eric Rosario said. Papadopoulos was arrested in February 2011 and charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving involving serious bodily injury. He pleaded guilty in May and could have faced up to 20 years in prison.
Featured hospice patient dies at 72
James Young, a hospice patient featured in Sunday's Pasco Times, died Tuesday after his two-year battle with cancer. He was 72. Rabbi Aaron Lever of Gulfside Regional Hospice visited Young on July 17 to play a Reverie Harp for him and his family. After hearing Lever, Young played his ukulele he hadn't touched in seven years. Lever visited Young again on Monday, the day before his death. Young told Lever he wanted to hear the harp in his final moments, so Young's daughter recorded the music with her cellphone. Lever said Young's family played the recorded harp for him as he died. To read the story, visit links.tampabay.com.