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Brooksville man dies when pickup hits fire truck

BROOKSVILLE — A 26-year-old man died Sunday night in a head-on crash with a fire truck on Centralia Road.

About 9 p.m., Christopher Carl Smith of Brooksville was driving a Ford pickup east on Centralia Road while a fire truck driven by Brian Norrie, also of Brooksville, was heading west. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Smith's truck veered into the westbound lanes and collided with the left front of the fire truck.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by Hernando County Fire Rescue. Norrie and his passenger, John Miller, were taken to Oak Hill Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

The fire truck was headed to the scene of a nonemergency battery call to provide assistance for the Sheriff's Office. Frank DeFrancesco, assistant chief for Hernando County Fire Rescue, said the truck will have to be replaced.

"Our guys were really lucky," DeFrancesco said Monday.

Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Kraus said no charges will be filed since Smith, the at-fault driver, was killed in the crash. Troopers are still investigating the collision.

The Medical Examiner's Office will determine if alcohol was involved.

Times reporter Joel Anderson contributed to this report.

Brooksville man dies when pickup hits fire truck 11/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 16, 2009 8:27pm]
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