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U.S. 19 crash sends 3 to hospital

Both drivers and a passenger went area hospitals with serious injuries after a van crossed the median on U.S. 19 in Port Richey and hit a Dodge compact car just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

NOMAAN MERCHANT | Times

Both drivers and a passenger went area hospitals with serious injuries after a van crossed the median on U.S. 19 in Port Richey and hit a Dodge compact car just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

PORT RICHEY — A conversion van swerved over the median on U.S. 19 and collided head-on with a Dodge compact car Wednesday afternoon, sending three people to area hospitals. The crash blocked two lanes of northbound U.S. 19 traffic for about an hour, Florida Highway Patrol said.

Rosemarie Denise George, 43, of New Port Richey, was driving her van south on U.S. 19 near Jasmine Boulevard when she veered onto the wide grassy median about 4:18 p.m., FHP reported. The van then swerved into northbound traffic, colliding with a car in the center lane.

The driver of that car, Lauren Tatarsky of Centennial, Co., was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries, FHP reported. Tatarsky's passenger, Corey Chambliss, 20, also of Colorado, and George both went to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries.

FHP is investigating and has not yet filed charges in the crash.

U.S. 19 crash sends 3 to hospital 08/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2008 8:15pm]
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