27-year-old Port Richey man dies in crash after car veers off road in Seminole

SEMINOLE — A 27-year-old man died after driving off the road early Friday.

Richard Benotti, 27, of Port Richey was driving his 2008 Mustang south on 131st Street N about 2 a.m., troopers said, when all of a sudden, he veered off the road and onto the grassy shoulder.

The Mustang hit a drainage grate, and then crashed into a "Fire Station Ahead" warning sign, sending the car spinning, troopers said.

As it turned clockwise, the side of the car hit a utility pole and a chain link fence, troopers said. The car then mowed over a PVC fence in front of 8990 131st Street N and barrelled into the front yard, troopers said.

The car flipped and came to rest in the yard, upside down.

Benotti, who was not wearing a seat belt, was rushed to Largo Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

Officials said alcohol was not involved in the incident.

The investigation continues.

27-year-old Port Richey man dies in crash after car veers off road in Seminole 09/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 12:43am]

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