Woman struck twice, killed crossing U.S. 19
Authorities are searching for two drivers who hit a woman on U.S. 19 in Holiday on Friday night. Geraldine D. Ford, 53, of Tarpon Springs was killed while crossing U.S. 19 at Moog Road in the crosswalk, the Florida Highway Patrol said. At 10:44 p.m., a dark-colored pickup traveling north slammed into her. The front passenger side of the truck struck Ford, who was then was run over by a northbound car that is either red or white. Both drivers left the scene. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Cpl. A. Palese at (727) 841-4181, ext. 173.
One dead, two hurt in head-on wreck
A man died on Eiland Boulevard Friday night after his car crossed the median into oncoming traffic. John E. Riskus, 38, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., was eastbound at 7:49 p.m. in his 2007 Ford Focus when he drifted over the center line just before Old Geiger Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. His car struck a 2008 Dodge station wagon driven by Randy Beital, 43, of Zephyrhills. Riskus was pronounced dead at the scene. Beital and his passenger, Zachary Beital, 12, of Zephyrhills, were both taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in serious condition, according to the accident report.
Event helps those facing foreclosure
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host a workshop for residents facing home foreclosure from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cypress Woods Elementary, 4900 Cypress Woods Blvd. in Palm Harbor. The workshop will include guidance on how to work with lenders and housing counselors, as well as information about refinancing and loan modification options and HUD's loss mitigation program for FHA mortgages. Representatives from various lenders and other agencies will be on hand to help. Those who want to sit down with a counselor should bring their driver's license, W-2 forms for 2007 and 2008, tax returns for the past two years, pay stubs for the last three months, and past due mortgage bill or any relevant mortgage information. To RSVP or to obtain additional information on this seminar, contact Bilirakis' Palm Harbor district office at (727) 773-2871.
Teens can take safe driving class
The Pasco Sheriff's Office is offering safe driving courses for teens through July. After completing the two-day course, teens get a certificate that could help them get a lower car insurance premium. To register, call Mary Hopkins at (813) 929-1376. The courses are hands-on and teens will learn such things as evasive driving maneuvers. Call Hopkins for a list of courses and dates. She said participants must have a valid Florida driver's license – not a permit – and their own vehicle.
Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.