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Driver badly hurt in February rampage on U.S. 19 dies

SPRING HILL — Authorities are conducting a traffic death investigation after a man badly hurt during a driver's rampage on U.S. 19 in February has died.

Charles Hesser, 72, of Weeki Wachee died of his injuries Thursday morning at a Land O'Lakes hospital, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said. Hesser was driving a Toyota Tundra in Spring Hill when he was among those struck by a minivan driven by Richard Barrett Jr., 38, of New Port Richey, authorities said. Barrett, whose family said he suffered from bipolar disorder, caused at least three wrecks as he drove Feb. 15 in Pasco and Hernando counties.

Hesser's pickup truck, which was struck from behind, flipped six times. Barrett, whose injuries were not serious, was charged in the incident. The patrol said Sunday it was asking witnesses to the February crash to contact Cpl. Clarence Williams at (813) 631-4020.

Driver badly hurt in February rampage on U.S. 19 dies 04/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:26pm]
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