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Elderly Pasco woman succumbs to injuries from crash

PORT RICHEY An accident that killed a 90-year-old man last week has also claimed the life of his 91-year-old companion.

Beatrice A. Ford died Thursday at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point from injuries sustained in the four-vehicle accident. She and the driver, Steven Younge, were hit Wednesday afternoon by a truck that ran a red light, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Younge was turning left from Timber Oaks Avenue onto Little Road when a Ford F-350 truck ran the red light going south on Little Road, FHP said. The collision sent Younge's Chrysler sedan spinning into the southbound lanes of Little Road, hitting a bus bench and a retention wall.

Both he and Ford were wearing seat belts.

The truck driver, Michelle Frances Maddox, 32, of Spring Hill, suffered minor injuries. The drivers of two other cars were also treated for injuries. Troopers are still investigating the crash to determine whether charges will be filed, FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said.

Ford had been widowed previously and shared a home with Younge in the Timber Oaks Driftwood village. A neighbor remembered her as a vibrant woman and active member of the community. A former department store= employee, Ford taught sewing and needlework, said neighbor Sylvia Huhtanen. She often planned social events and helped decorate the clubhouse. She also was active at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church on State Road 52.

When Ford turned 90, she threw a birthday bash at the clubhouse that drew more than 100 guests.

"She will be missed," Huhtanen said.

Elderly Pasco woman succumbs to injuries from crash 12/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 7:50pm]
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