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Former state House candidate from New Port Richey dies in U.S. 19 crash

HOLIDAY — Alan M. Rankin, a one-time candidate for a state House seat, was killed Wednesday afternoon in a car accident on U.S. 19 just south of Gulf Trace Boulevard.

Rankin, 56, of New Port Richey, was driving a Dodge van north on U.S. 19 but failed to stop for a car ahead of him that had stopped for traffic in the left turn lane, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The second car then hit a third car, which hit a fourth car.

The driver of the second car had minor injuries, and the other two drivers had none.

Authorities are investigating why Rankin failed to stop and have not yet said how he died.

Rankin filed to run against state Rep. John Legg, R-Port Richey, in 2006 before dropping out of the race.

He owned several businesses, including a pawnshop, and was married to Brenda.

Former state House candidate from New Port Richey dies in U.S. 19 crash 10/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:02am]
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