Monday, December 18, 2017
Public safety

Man, 46, killed in Spring Hill car crash

SPRING HILL — A 46-year-old passenger was killed when a car spun out of control Monday night on Forest Oaks Boulevard.

Gary S. Ziegler of Spring Hill was riding in a 2004 Ford Taurus driven by Mikell Paul Begley, 32, of Brooksville about 9 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. They were heading east on Forest Oaks, approaching a curve near Forest Villas Circle.

That's when Begley lost control of the car, the Highway Patrol said.

The Taurus careened onto the north shoulder of the road and began to spin out as its front wheel hit the sidewalk, causing the car to flip onto its side and hit a tree, according an FHP report.

The car came to a stop on its side, leaning against the tree.

Ziegler died at the accident scene. Begley suffered critical injuries and was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, officials said.

Both men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision, the FHP reported. Toxicology reports are pending to determine whether alcohol was involved.

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