Driver is killed when he veers in front of semi
A 35-year-old man died Wednesday afternoon after veering into the path of an oncoming semitrailer truck, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Jeffrey A. Lebron of New Port Richey was driving his Toyota sedan westbound on State Road 54, near Mitchell Ranch Road, when he suddenly crossed the median and crashed into a semi, FHP said. Lebron died at the scene. The truck — driven by Adalberto Gonzalez, 43, of Deltona — drove into a ditch and hit a power pole. Gonzalez was not injured. A medical condition may have caused Lebron to lose control of his car, although FHP was still investigating, spokesman Sgt. Larry Kraus said. Eastbound traffic was rerouted for several hours while crews cleaned up the fuel from the truck and removed the wreckage.
DNA identifies victim of home fire
A man who died in a mobile home fire last month has been identified as Robert Joseph Cusumano, 51. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said Cusumano's identity was confirmed via DNA. Firefighters found his body inside his house at 10138 Loy St. in Moon Lake Estates on the afternoon of April 25. Pasco Fire Marshal Lawrence Whitten said the fire's cause was electrical. It appears as though Cusumano tried to extinguish the fire himself — passing by a door that would have led him to safety — and was overcome by the flames and smoke, Whitten said.
Hospice needs dog owners' help
HPH Hospice is looking for dogs and their owners who wish to join the Compassionate Paws pet therapy program. After completing a two-day orientation, the volunteers and their canine friends can visit HPH patients in an assisted living facility, nursing home or any of the nonprofit agency's hospice facilities in Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties. The first step toward joining the program is passing the Canine Good Citizen test. A representative from Therapy Dog International will conduct the tests starting at 10 a.m. June 3 at HPH Hospice's team office at 698 S Broad St., Brooksville. Dogs must be at least 1 year old, in good health and able to hear. A testing fee of $24 per dog/handler team is required. For information about the tests and requirements, visit www.tdi-dog.org. Advance registration is required as there is space for only 25 dogs. To register, call volunteer coordinator Anne Clarke at (352) 796-2611.
Gulf High senior Britt Smith was also an organizer for "Project: Rock for Autism" along with classmate Steve Toth. Due to information provided to the Times, her name was not included in an item Wednesday listing Gulf High's 2010 highlights.