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Head-on crash in Odessa kills 2, injures 1

ODESSA — Two people were killed and a third person was seriously injured in a head-on collision Christmas morning on a dark stretch of State Road 54 near Odessa.

Florida Highway Patrol investigators said Donald P. Holes, 52, of Jacksonville was driving his 1989 Toyota sedan eastbound in the westbound lane of SR 54 near Altamont Lane when his vehicle struck the front of a 2006 Cadillac driven by Ernest L. Flanagan, 77, of New Port Richey.

Holes was pronounced dead at the scene. Flanagan was taken to University Community Hospital in Tampa, where he later died. His wife, Rose L. Flanagan, 82, was his passenger. She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

All of the victims were wearing seat belts. Friends and family could not be reached Thursday for comment.

The FHP said the accident occurred about 5:10 a.m. on a divided stretch of SR 54, about a quarter-mile west of the Suncoast Parkway. The westbound lanes of SR 54 were closed for about three hours after the accident.

The crash remains under investigation.

Logan Neill can be reached at lneill@sptimes.com or 848-1435.

Head-on crash in Odessa kills 2, injures 1 12/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, December 25, 2008 10:18pm]
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