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Two killed, one hurt in collision near Odessa


2 killed, 1 hurt in head-on collision

Two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured in a head-on collision Christmas morning on a dark stretch of State Road 54 near Odessa. Florida Highway Patrol investigators said Donald P. Holes, 52, of Jacksonville was driving his 1989 Toyota sedan eastbound in the westbound lane of SR 54 near Altamont Lane when his vehicle struck the front of a 2006 Cadillac driven by Ernest L. Flanagan, 77, of New Port Richey. Holes was pronounced dead at the scene. Flanagan was taken to University Community Hospital in Tampa, where he later died. His wife, Rose L. Flanagan, 82, was his passenger. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon. All the victims were wearing seat belts. The FHP said the accident occurred about 5:10 a.m. on a divided stretch of SR 54, about a quarter-mile west of the Suncoast Parkway. The westbound lanes of SR 54 were closed for about three hours after the accident.


Put that Christmas tree to a final use

The Christmas tree looks great now, with those unwrapped presents cleared away. But soon it will be time to take it down and pack up those ornaments for another year. Instead of tossing that Tannenbaum to the curb, consider recycling it with the county Parks and Recreation Department, which chips the trees into mulch for the parks. The trees are being accepted today through Jan. 5. Remove all tinsel, decorations and hooks and drop off at any of the following sites:

Anclote Gulf Park: 2305 Baillie's Bluff Road, Holiday.

Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson.

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park: 10500 Wilderness Park Road, New Port Richey.

Land O'Lakes Community Center: 5401 Land O'Lakes Boulevard (U.S. 41), Land O'Lakes.

Sam W. Pasco Recreation Complex: 39835 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills.

John S. Burks Memorial Park: 13220 Gene Nelson Blvd., Dade City.

Shady Hills Park: 15840 Green Glen Lane, Shady Hills.

West Pasco Resource Recovery Facility: 14230 Hays Road, Shady Hills (closed Sundays).

PAW Materials: 14211 State Road 54, Odessa.

Hayes Road Sand Co.: 13838 Hays Road, Shady Hills.

For information, call Pasco County Recycling at (727) 847-8041 in west Pasco and (813) 996-7341 or (352) 521-4274, ext. 8041 in east Pasco.

Pasco deaths

Black, Connie Diane

Chemin, Theresa

Mamo, Stephen S.

Olson, John Warren

Pittman, Ja'Zharra Rhina

Simon, Edith M.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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Two killed, one hurt in collision near Odessa 12/25/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 26, 2008 5:56pm]
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