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Drivers in fatal four-car pileup in Port Richey identified

PORT RICHEY — Authorities have released the names of those involved in a fatal four-vehicle pileup on Ridge Road near Galen Wilson Boulevard about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The collision killed Ruben Q. Echevarria, 59, of Port Richey.

Echevarria's yellow 2007 Chevrolet pickup was hit from behind by a 1998 Mack dump truck driven by Daniel H. Arends, 49, of New Port Richey, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The pickup plowed into a 1996 black Ford Mustang driven by Darynn J. Magee, 24, of New Port Richey, and the Mustang then crashed into a 2007 black Saturn sport utility vehicle driven by John C. Shelak, 62, of New Port Richey.

The dump truck ended up on top of the yellow pickup, a report states.

All involved in the crash wore seat belts, authorities said.

Arends, the dump truck driver, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Magee, the Mustang driver, sustained serious injuries. The name of the hospital he was transported to was not available.

Shelak, the SUV driver, sustained minor injuries and does not appear to have been taken to a hospital.

His passenger, Bonnie-Jean Shelak, 59, of New Port Richey, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.

Authorities said the pickup, Mustang and SUV were stopped for traffic and Arends failed to slow or stop — plowing into the pickup and causing the crash, a report states. All four cars were headed east on Ridge Road at the time of the accident.

Drivers in fatal four-car pileup in Port Richey identified 09/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 8:46pm]
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