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Widow sues New Port Richey man who is charged in a fatal road rage crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — Brian Haag faces criminal charges stemming from a 2007 crash that left one person dead and two more injured.

Now he faces a lawsuit too.

Jamee Sapp filed suit Tuesday against Haag, claiming his negligence behind the wheel led to the death of her husband, Kenneth. Her son, Korey, who was injured in the Oct. 3, 2007, crash is also listed as a plaintiff.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash was a result of road rage.

On northbound Hicks Road in Hudson, Haag was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and speeding over the 40 mph limit, according to a witness. Kenneth Sapp was ahead of him in a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup.

Haag sped up and tailgated Sapp, who responded by tapping his brakes, the FHP said.

Haag, of New Port Richey, then whipped ahead of Sapp and slammed on his brakes, forcing Sapp to stop, the FHP said. Haag got out, but Sapp took off, turning onto Kitten Trail.

That's when the chase began, with the pickups going more than 80 mph in a 40 mph zone, the FHP said, passing numerous vehicles on eastbound Kitten Trail.

At a curve, Haag swiped the left side of Sapp's pickup, causing both drivers to lose control and the trucks to flip, the FHP said.

Soon after that, the FHP said, Haag fled. He turned himself in to authorities the next day.

Sapp, 38, of Spring Hill, was killed. Korey Sapp, then 13, suffered a broken leg. David Smith, a passenger in Haag's truck, broke his neck.

Jamee Sapp is also suing Smith for negligence, saying he caused Haag to lose focus on his driving.

The suit seeks more than $15,000 in damages.

In criminal court, Haag, now 28 and free on bail, faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and two counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury.

His trial is set for Aug. 31.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Widow sues New Port Richey man who is charged in a fatal road rage crash 08/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8:58pm]
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