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SUV backs over woman in Port Richey parking lot, killing her, FHP says


FHP: Woman dies after SUV backs up, hits her

An 84-year-old woman was hit and killed Wednesday morning by a car backing out of a parking space at an eye care center. Florence Kruysman Simon was walking in the parking lot at Linsey Eyecare, 8936 U.S. 19, about 10:50 a.m. when a Chevy Tahoe backed into her, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the Tahoe, 33-year-old Shawna C. Parker of Hudson, "failed to observe" the pedestrian, the FHP report said. Simon, of Hudson, died at the scene. FHP is investigating to determine whether charges will be filed. This is the second time this month that a woman has died in Pasco County after being hit by a car backing out of a parking space. On March 3, Nitza Loyola-Smith, 65, of Port Richey was hit by a driver outside the Publix at Ridge Road and Regency Park Boulevard. She was hospitalized and died last week from her injuries. FHP cited driver Laverne Nathaniel Mills, 69, of Port Richey for improper backing, and has turned over the case to its traffic homicide division.


Services offered for remembrance

HPH Hospice will host free, interfaith community Time for Remembrance Services next week for anyone who wants to honor or remember a loved one who has died. Services are led by HPH chaplains and bereavement counselors. Services are at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 6 at the Alice Hall Community Center, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills; and at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 7 at the Rotary Pavilion at the Concourse, 15325 Alric Pottberg Road, Spring Hill (off State Road 52 just west of the Suncoast Parkway). No reservations are needed. For information visit or call toll-free 1-800-486-8784.


Candidates' forum is Wednesday

A forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday featuring candidates for the San Antonio City Commission. The public may ask questions at the forum at City Hall, 32819 Pennsylvania Ave. Four candidates — Thomas "Geoff" Knight, Timothy J. Franke, Mark B. Anderson and Timothy Newlon — are vying for two open seats in the April 12 election.


Yard sale will raise money for shelter

A yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to benefit Little Cats Rescue, a no-kill shelter in New Port Richey. The sale will be held at Southern Storage at 7139 Mitchell Blvd., Trinity, and will include food and children's activities. For information or to help, contact RaeAnna Saks at (727) 359-9629 or

SUV backs over woman in Port Richey parking lot, killing her, FHP says 03/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 7:48pm]
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