Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Highway patrol now says other driver initiated fatal crash in Pasco County

Times staff

After investigating a fatal crash in Pasco County earlier this week, the Florida Highway Patrol said Wednesday it's shifting the blame onto the driver who lived.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, a 2009 Mazda CX-9 driven by Koosh Raahul Patel, 17, veered across the center line of State Route 54 between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills, according to the FHP. The Wesley Chapel resident's vehicle struck a sport utility vehicle driven by Tiffanie Michelle Hughes, 33, head-on, according to the FHP. The crash killed Hughes and severely injured her 11-year-old son and his friend.

An initial FHP report claimed Hughes was the driver who crossed the center line, but an updated report issued Wednesday afternoon said it was Patel's vehicle that drifted.

Charges are pending, according to the FHP.

Highway patrol now says other driver initiated fatal crash in Pasco County 07/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 8:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. We Tried That: Working on a food truck for a day

    Cooking

    What we tried: It seems like everyone and their mother wants to open a food truck.

    Carlynn Crosby prepares food at the Empamamas food truck in the Cigar City Brewing parking lot in Tampa this month. For a variety of reasons, food trucking is not for the faint of heart.
  2. Local child welfare non-profits lose funding as Eckerd Kids focuses on keeping children out of foster care

    News

    When it comes to getting children out of foster care, the non-profit group Directions for Living has one of the best records in Florida.

    Eckerd Kids
  3. Carlton: A little less swagger, Mr. Mayor?

    Politics

    In the dispute-gone-national over a bad joke uttered by Tampa's mayor, it is instructive to recall the nickname bestowed upon him by the local military.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn fires a .50 caliber machine gun from a rigid hull inflatable boat during the International Special Operations Capabilities Demonstration at the Tampa Convention Center Wednesday, June 25, 2016. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times

  4. What you need to know for Wednesday, May 24

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs on Kings Bay, some of many springs that feed the Crystal River in Citrus County. The Southwest Florida Water Management District is considering a proposal that would allow a decrease to the amount of fresh water flowing in the Crystal River so that water can be diverted to fuel development. Critics say similar proposals around the state could threaten Florida's environmental health. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2014)]
  5. Pasco targets repeat offenders with new code enforcement tactic

    Local Government

    HOLIDAY — The out-of-date and overpriced gasoline cost on the sign outside — $2.69 for a gallon of regular — is the first indication that business isn't booming.

    Basil A. Almamluk is the owner of the closed Pure Gas station in Holiday, which has emerged as a poster child for a new "high return'' county code enforcement effort. The property on Mile Stretch Drive is littered with discarded furniture and other trash. [Photo courtesy of Pasco County Sheriff's Office]