Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Retired urologist dies after crash near Weeki Wachee

WEEKI WACHEE — Dr. Roy Finney moved to the Hernando County coastline after a successful career as a urologist because he and his wife, Kay, loved its natural beauty, their son said.

On Friday, Dr. Finney died from injuries he suffered Thursday in a crash not far from his home.

Dr. Finney was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer about 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a Waste Management truck retrieving a trash bin in the parking lot at 6004 Cortez backed into him, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Trailblazer collided with the back of the truck and slammed into a tree.

Finney was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, where he died Friday morning, troopers said.

The driver of the garbage truck, 62-year-old Gary Dean Howe of Spring Hill, was not injured. Howe received a citation for improper backing, troopers said.

Dr. Finney practiced in Tampa for about 30 years before retiring and moving to Bayport around 1980, said his son, Jim Finney of Crystal River.

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Finney earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. He was an avid inventor, credited with creations both in and outside of his field, his son said.

Married for some 50 years, Dr. Finney and his wife had five children and eight grandchildren. Kay Finney is among the survivors.

"He was a wonderful guy, full of life and extremely smart," Jim Finney said. "He contributed immensely to medicine and to life."

Tony Marrero can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1431. Follow him on Twitter @TMarreroTimes.

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