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One killed, three hurt in crash on U.S. 41 in Lutz


Crash on U.S. 41 leaves one dead, three injured

An elderly woman was killed and three people were injured Monday when two vehicles collided on U.S. 41. A northbound Jeep Cherokee smashed into a southbound Toyota Camry that was turning left onto County Line Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said a passenger in the Toyota, Violeta Reyes, 80, of Land O'Lakes died. She was wearing her seat belt. Her husband, Antonio Reyes, 87, was driving the Toyota. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in serious condition. Susan Marie Wicklund, 48, of New Port Richey was driving the Jeep and was seriously injured. Passenger Melissa Jeanne Cothard, 26, of Holiday, was also seriously injured after she was thrown from the vehicle. The FHP is investigating to determine whether any citations will be issued.


Safety tips for kids with hearing loss

The Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida will offer a free presentation from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday on water safety for kids with hearing loss. The event will be at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6640 Van Buren St. The format is geared toward youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, and this event will be interpreted. For details or to make a reservation, call Jenny at (727) 853-1010.


Democratic Club will hold meeting

The East Pasco Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Cream's Deli on the corner of 7th Street and Church Avenue. The club will be working on strategies for the upcoming election. For more information, call Diane Parker at (813) 778-6743 or (813) 312-9093.


Meet School Board candidate at event

School Board candidate Karen King will hold a "Meet and Greet" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Lonzalo's Pizzeria & Ristorante, 3104 Town Ave. She will face Alison Crumbley in the Nov. 2 election for the open seat in District 4.


Vendors sought for bazaar, crafts fair

Members of the Jewish Community Center of West Pasco are seeking vendors for an indoor holiday fashion bazaar and crafts fair to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the center, 9841 Scenic Drive. They seek new items only, including clothing and accessories, linens, jewelry, cell phone accessories, crafts and holiday items. Two chairs and a 36-inch by 96-inch table are $25. Reservations should be made by Oct. 8. Call Gene at (813) 230-7143 or e-mail

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Melissa Jeanne Cothard, the passenger in a Jeep that collided with another car Monday at U.S. 41 and County Line Road, suffered serious injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. Due to incorrect information provided by the Florida Highway Patrol, an earlier version of this story misstated who was ejected.

One killed, three hurt in crash on U.S. 41 in Lutz 09/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:20pm]
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