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Head-on crash kills New Port Richey man

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 46-year-old New Port Richey man was killed Wednesday morning when the pickup truck he was driving collided head-on with a car on State Road 54 west of Little Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Jon Kelly Swoager died at Community Hospital shortly after the 9 a.m. accident, FHP said.

It was raining hard when a car described by troopers only as a hatchback drove east on SR 54 in the center lane. It suddenly changed lanes and cut off a 2010 Nissan Sentra headed east in the inside lane. James Profita, 61, of Tampa, attempted to avoid crashing into the hatchback and lost control of the Nissan, which rotated sideways, according to the FHP report. The Nissan crossed the median and into the westbound lane where it collided with Swoager's 1986 Chevy Scottsdale pickup.

Profita was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was listed in serious condition. The hatchback left the scene of the accident, heading east on SR 54.

Head-on crash kills New Port Richey man 08/10/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:35pm]
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