AUTHORITIES ID MAN KILLED FRIDAY IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
Authorities have identified the motorcyclist who died Friday on U.S. 19 as Eugene F. Bramley, 57, of Franklin, Tenn.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Bramley was going north through the intersection at Northcliffe Boulevard about 3:50 p.m. when his 2006 Harley-Davidson crashed into a southbound vehicle that was turning left on a green turn signal, troopers said.
Bramley, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike and died at the scene from his injuries, troopers said.
The driver of the 2003 Ford truck, Donald Hooks, 33, of Spring Hill, suffered minor injuries.
Troopers are still investigating to determine whether any charges will be filed.
Brush fire forces evacuation of homes
A brush fire ripped across 90 forested acres Saturday afternoon, prompting firefighters to evacuate a dozen homes in the Woodland Waters neighborhood.
The fire began about 2 p.m. as a small trash burn, but stiff winds quickly spread the flames, said Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief of Hernando County Fire Rescue. His agency, along with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Spring Hill Fire Rescue, Citrus County Fire Rescue and the state Division of Forestry, worked for hours to bring the blaze under control.
No one was hurt and no homes were damaged in the fire, which firefighters had mostly contained by 5 p.m.
There are strict rules that govern outdoor burning, DeFrancesco said. The man who started this trash burn could be fined, he said.
"People need to understand that, even though we've had some good intermittent rains, it's not enough to stop this from occurring," DeFrancesco said.