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1-year-old boy among 5 killed in two separate Pasco County crashes

A 22-year-old father and his 1-year-old son were among the five people killed Sunday night in two separate, fiery crashes in Pasco County.

Joshua M. Brock and his infant son, Jason Brock, of Dade City, were driving north on U.S. 98 about 10 p.m. when Brock crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. His Oldsmobile collided head-on with a semitrailer truck, causing the truck to become engulfed in flames, troopers said.

Brock and his son died at the scene. So did the truck driver, Leslie C. Blanton, 56, of Riverview. Her husband, Michael W. Blanton, 53, suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

The other crash happened about 8:40 p.m. in Hudson.

Albert Friedman, 81, of Hudson, was driving north on U.S. 19, near Denton Avenue. His Volkswagen swerved from the center lane into the right lane, hitting a Saturn sedan, FHP said. The cars rotated, overturned and slammed into a light pole, troopers said.

The crash killed both people in the Saturn: driver Bridgette Ewing, 44, of Spring Hill, and passenger Vincent F. Dicristo, 44, of Port Richey.

Friedman was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries. Troopers said alcohol was a factor and that charges are pending.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

This article has been revised to reflect corrected information from the Florida Highway Patrol on the ages of the people in the Saturn.

1-year-old boy among 5 killed in two separate Pasco County crashes 08/05/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 3:20pm]
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