Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Mikhail Sergachev begins real Lightning audition vs. Carolina Hurricanes

    Lightning Strikes

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The spotlight will remain on Mikhail Sergachev throughout the Lightning preseason.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) on the ice during hockey training camp in preparation for the 2017-2018 season in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17). DIRK SHADD   |   Times  

  2. Tampa police search for man in connection to Sunday killing (w/ video)

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police released surveillance video of a man they believe might have information about a Sunday morning fatal shooting.

  3. Pinellas announces Hurricane Irma make-up day

    Blogs

    The Pinellas County school district has announced how it will make up one of the seven school days missed by Hurricane Irma.

    Residents make their way into Joseph L. Carwise Middle School to shelter ahead of Hurricane Irma Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 in Palm Harbor. The storm is forecasted to affect the Tampa Bay area overnight with winds subsiding Monday.
  4. Hooper: Hillsborough marks 100th anniversary of historic photo collection

    Columns

    Everyone ends up with a favorite.

    Or two or three or 10.

    Rest assured, no one who adores Tampa Bay, appreciates art or cherishes history can explore the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection without storing at least one snapshot in the mental scrapbook.

    Part of the Burgert Brothers collection now featured through the Hillsborough Public Library shows a beer garden on Central Avenue in Tampa from July 1942. [Burgert Brothers collection]
  5. Report slams Pinellas construction licensing agency

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board mismanaged its finances, lacked accountability and violated its own rules, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the county's inspector general.

    Rodney Fischer, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, resigned in January.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]