Friday, November 24, 2017
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I-75 crash in Pasco County sends three people to hospital

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Troopers were trying to determine what caused a five-vehicle pileup on Interstate 75 that sent three people, including a 14-year-old girl, to the hospital Saturday.

Janice G. Blake, 65, of Tampa was heading southbound at 6:30 p.m. when she spotted a Nissan Altima stopped in the road just past State Road 56, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Blake, driving a GMC Yukon sport utility vehicle, swerved to avoid the car, but the SUV's left side collided with the Altima.

A series of crashes followed.

Two vehicles behind the SUV swerved, but also hit the Altima.

One of those, a 2012 Dodge Charger, spun, flipped and ended up on its roof. As the Charger overturned, it collided with a GMC Sierra SUV driven by Bert A. LaFranchi, 47, of Brooksville, the patrol said.

Troopers have not learned yet why the Altima, driven by Mona Belony Saint-Juste, 52, of Tampa, was stopped. She was listed in serious condition Sunday at Florida Hospital Tampa.

Also injured was Angela S. Lawson, 35, the driver of the Charger, and her passenger, Ciara Gutierez, 14, both of Lakeland. They were taken to Tampa General Hospital. Lawson was listed in serious condition and Gutierez as critical.

Blake and LaFranchi were not injured.

Also involved was Patricia L. Hawkins-Savasta, 50, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, the second car that collided with the Altima. Hawkins-Savasta, of Ridge Manor, was not injured.

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