Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

12-year-old pedestrian injured in Citrus County crash

LECANTO — A 12-year-old boy was injured late Saturday when he was hit by a car while crossing a street with a group of people in a dark location, troopers said.

Austin Prather, 12, of Citrus Springs sustained minor injuries and was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

The crash happened about 11 p.m. on County Road 491 south of N Forest Ridge Boulevard in the Lecanto area.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Austin and three other pedestrians were crossing the boulevard mid-block from east to west when Austin walked into the path of an oncoming Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The Eclipse's driver, 23-year-old Tasha Pinney-Martell, attempted an evasive maneuver, but didn't have enough time. The driver was not charged.

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