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Woman hit by Pasco detective's cruiser, officials say she "darted in front of car"

NEW PORT RICHEY

detective's cruiser hits woman

Donna Pappalardo, 60, of New Port Richey, was injured Wednesday night after being hit by a Pasco sheriff's cruiser, authorities said. Detective Bruce Cohen, 59, who serves with the sheriff's economic crimes unit, was driving north on Congress Street about 8:30 p.m. when he hit a woman walking north of Kentucky Avenue, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. The woman "darted out in front of the car," said Lt. Steve Kostas, spokesman of the New Port Richey Police Department, which is investigating the crash. "It was unavoidable," Kostas said. Cohen stopped at the scene and called for help. Pappalardo was flown to Bayfront Medical Center and listed in critical condition Thursday night. Cohen, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for five years, was driving his agency-issued vehicle, an unmarked 2005 Crown Victoria. Doll would not say if Cohen was on duty or responding to a call. Cohen remains on active duty.

COUNTYWIDE

Get a $100 credit for low-flow toilet

Pasco County utilities customers may qualify for rebates if they replace their water-guzzling toilets with new, more efficient models. Customers can receive up to a $100 credit on their Pasco County Utilities account by replacing a high-volume toilet (which uses 3.5 gallons or more per flush) with a low-flow model (which uses no more than 1.6 gallons per flush). The program has 1,500 available rebates, half for Zephyrhills and half for west Pasco. To qualify, customers must live in homes built in 1994 or earlier. Customers must call to pre-qualify and reserve the rebate. Since the program began in 2008, more than 2,500 toilets have been replaced. For information, contact Pam Wright in the Pasco utilities office at (727) 847-8145.

SPRING HILL

Prizes, free health screenings offered

A "Lifestyles After 50" expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court (off U.S. 19 just north of County Line Road). This free event will feature a visit from the AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour bus, which will provide free health screenings for total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index. This event will also feature more than 60 exhibitor booths, as well as live entertainment, food and drink samples, prizes and giveaways. This tour arrives in Spring Hill as part of a 3,000-community, two-year national mobile health screening tour with a goal of providing more than 2.5 million free health screenings worth $60 million. Visit www.walgreens.com/tour for information.

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries appear in the Tampa Bay section.

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Woman hit by Pasco detective's cruiser, officials say she "darted in front of car" 01/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 8:55pm]
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