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Crash kills Spring Hill man

SPRING HILL — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man was killed early Tuesday when he lost control of his vehicle as he sped down a hill, authorities said.

Jovan Audreen Reese of 7388 Holiday Drive was heading north on Gonzo Road around 12:30 a.m. in his gold 2004 Chrysler when he came upon the crest of a hill, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As the vehicle descended the hill, authorities said, Reese hit the brakes but his car began to spin.

The car flipped twice, throwing Reese from it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before reaching the hill, Reese sped through a stop sign and nearly hit a vehicle driven by a Hernando deputy, according to the FHP and the Sheriff's Office. The deputy, Glen Hickey, lost sight of the vehicle as it approached the top of the hill.

"It was a near-collision," said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff's Office. "But the deputy never even saw the car until he got over the hill. (Reese) was just driving fast … that's what alerted the deputy."

According to state driving records, Reese's driver's license was suspended and he had many traffic violations in recent years.

Reese was labeled a habitual traffic offender in Florida in September, and he had been arrested at least nine times in Hernando since September 2002 on charges ranging from grand theft auto to cocaine possession.

A message left at his family's Spring Hill home was not returned Tuesday afternoon.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Joel Anderson can be reached at or 754-6120.

Crash kills Spring Hill man 04/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:49am]
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