Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Largo woman, 72, dies after car, motorcycle collide in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — A 72-year-old Largo woman died Sunday after a car collided with the motorcycle on which she was a passenger, state troopers said.

The crash happened at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Lake Lindsey Road just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday when a 2006 Chrysler collided with a motorcycle and then hit another car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lu Haddeman, 72, of Largo was riding on a BMW motorcycle with George A. Tacott, 75, of Clearwater when the Chrysler, which was traveling west on Lake Lindsey Road, hit the left side of their southbound motorcycle, troopers said.

The collision threw Haddeman and Tacott from the motorcycle. They landed on the side of U.S. 41, troopers said. Both were taken to Bayonet Point Hospital, where Haddeman died of her injuries. Tacott remains in serious condition, officials said.

After hitting the motorcycle, the Chrysler, driven by Richard J. Miller, 88, of Istachatta, collided head-on with an eastbound 2003 Chevy Tahoe, driven by Christine V. Zoucha, 61, of Brooksville, troopers said.

Neither Miller nor Zoucha were hurt in the collision.

Miller's passenger, Helen Miller, 88, and Zoucha's passenger, Phuong Nguyen, 30, were also unharmed.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collision.

The intersection has two stop signs on Lake Lindsey Road, where Richard Miller and Zoucha had stopped, according to the FHP report. The motorcycle was on U.S. 41, or Broad Street, where there are no stop signs.

The FHP's investigation is ongoing.

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