NEW PORT RICHEY
One killed, one injured when car hits moped
One person was killed and another injured Wednesday night when a moped was hit by a car on U.S. 19, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The collision happened about 8:55 p.m. as the moped was driving north on U.S. 19 near Bougenville Drive. An unknown driver pulled in front of a 2004 Lincoln sedan driven by Michael Yoder, 45, of Hudson. Yoder swerved to avoid that vehicle, and instead rear-ended the moped, FHP said. The impact killed 27-year-old Desiree L. Clements of New Port Richey, the passenger on the moped. The moped's driver, Anthony Cribaro, 24, of Hudson was seriously injured in the crash and hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center. Neither Yoder nor his passenger were injured. The driver of the vehicle that pulled in front of Yoder did not stop at the scene, and troopers have not determined the identity of that driver. FHP continues to investigate the crash to determine whether charges will be filed.
Healing Hands clinic closes
Healing Hands Health Center, a faith-based free medical clinic, has closed after volunteers were unable to afford the $900 a month rent. "We're putting our equipment in storage and for the next couple of months we'll be praying," volunteer David Kennedy said Thursday. The clinic had been operating in the Scott Medical Plaza near Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Because the clinic sees patients only three Tuesdays a month, it needs a less expensive place to operate, Kennedy said. The clinic's all-volunteer staff treats uninsured patients who are "walking time bombs" with regard to blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions, he said. It does not require patients to fill out government paperwork so as to be able to provide on-the-spot treatment for dangerously ill patients. To help, call Kennedy at (727) 863-3056.
DUI checkpoint on SR 52 Saturday
Dade City Police will conduct a DUI checkpoint from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday on eastbound State Road 52 at Stadium Drive. Police say the goal is to get impaired drivers off the streets and discourage others from drinking and driving. Anyone who spots a possible drunk driver should call 911.
The Zephyrhills City Council unanimously approved a land deal this week to expand the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, pending the city attorney's review. An article Wednesday incorrectly stated the status of the effort.