Monday, June 18, 2018
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FHP investigates two separate fatal crashes in Pasco

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating separate crashes in Pasco County — one Friday night, the other Saturday morning — that left two people dead.

The Friday crash happened just before 8 p.m. at U.S. 41 and County Line Road in Land O' Lakes.

Leslie Orett, 34, was driving north on U.S. 41 in a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta when she tried to make a left turn onto County Line Road, authorities said. The Jetta pulled into the path of a 1999 Cadillac El Dorado that was headed south and the two cars collided.

The Jetta spun backward across the median and collided with a third car, a 2010 Mazda, before coming to rest on a sidewalk, authorities said.

The Cadillac's driver, John Louis Guarino, 94, of Lutz, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he died Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Orett and her passenger, Kiara Zamora, 14, both of Lutz, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital North for treatment of minor injuries. Troopers cited Orett for violating the right-of-way and not wearing a seat belt. The Mazda's driver was not injured.

The Saturday crash happened about 11:25 a.m. at Rowan Road and Baillie Drive. A 2006 Buick LaCrosse was headed east on Baillie Drive when it drove into the path of a 2005 Chevrolet pickup that was headed south on Rowan Road, authorities said. The truck collided with the car. The car's driver, an 83-year-old Holiday woman, later died at Northbay Hospital. Her 84-year-old passenger was hospitalized at Northbay with serious injuries, officials said.

Authorities withheld the names of both women pending notification of their next-of-kin. The truck's driver, Ty A. Wymore, 44, of Largo, was taken to Northbay Hospital with minor injuries.

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