Spring Hill woman critically injured in SUV accident on U.S. 41

BROOKSVILLE

Driver injured when SUV veers off 41, hits tree

A 33-year-old Spring Hill woman was critically injured Wednesday in an accident on U.S. 41 south of Brooksville. Kanedra Benford was heading north at 9 a.m. when her 2008 Ford sport utility vehicle veered onto the median, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle crossed the southbound lanes of the road, entered a pond and hit a tree, the report states. The driver was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital with critical injuries while a 7-year-old female passenger was released to relatives at the scene.

RIDGE MANOR

DVD of attack leads to arrest

The anonymous letter and DVD depicted a troubling scene: A young man dragged a teenage girl by the hair, punching her and slamming her to the ground. The material sent to the Sheriff's Office earlier this week led to the arrest on Wednesday of Ryan Vance, 17, of Dade City on a charge of battery. According to a sheriff's report, the DVD was time-stamped May 15 and showed the girl being dragged from a vehicle, punched in the head, and slammed to the ground. The letter identified both the young man in the DVD and the girl, whose identify was confirmed by a school resource officer at her school. Detective Elizabeth Tinkham spoke with the 16-year-old girl, who confirmed that Vance was the person in the DVD. She then went to Vance's home at 3248 Drennen St., Dade City, and spoke to his father, who said that his son had an anger management problem. The report added that the father said he had been at the scene of the incident and had tried to separate his son and the girl. Vance admitted to the battery, the report states, explaining that he and the girl had been arguing and the girl had thrown soda in the car, which made him angrier. Vance was placed on probation in February for felony battery with great bodily harm, the report states.

Correction

The Spring Hill Moose Lodge is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. June 20 at the lodge, 5214 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. A headline in Tuesday's edition indicated a different number of years of the anniversary.

Today's picks

Lykes Memorial Library offers "Express Yourself" painting with coffee teen program: 10:15 a.m. to noon, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-6391.

Today's meetings

Hernando County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, 9 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Southwest Florida Water Management District Withlacoochee River Basin Board, 9 a.m., 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.

Southwest Florida Water Management District Coastal Rivers Basin Board, 1 p.m., 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.

Spring Hill woman critically injured in SUV accident on U.S. 41 06/10/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:21pm]

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