Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

FHP: New Port Richey motorcyclist injured, driver charged with DUI

NEW PORT RICHEY — A motorcyclist is in critical condition and the driver who hit him has been charged with driving under the influence after a crash on Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Douglas Frank Cox of New Port Richey was driving a 2006 Ford Focus east on Old County Road 54 approaching the intersection of St. Lawrence Drive at about 8 p.m. As Cox tried to turn left onto St. Lawrence Drive, he entered into oncoming traffic and collided with the front of a Harley-Davidson driven by Norman Ralph Stophel of New Port Richey, FHP said.

Stophel, 58, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in critical condition, FHP said.

Cox, 51, and a passenger, Katherine J. Jernquist, 45, of New Port Richey, were not injured.

Cox was charged with driving under the influence with serious bodily injury as well as a right-of-way violation, FHP said.

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