NEW PORT RICHEY — Two people died in separate car accidents about 5 miles apart Thursday night.
At 9:20 p.m. a 1997 Ford was speeding north on Alpine Parkway near Candle Drive as it approached a sharp left turn, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Kraus.
A witness said the truck passed a pickup truck, steered onto the east shoulder, hit a mailbox, continued north on the shoulder, hit another mailbox, drove into someone's front yard and struck a concrete light pole.
The unidentified driver was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he was pronounced dead, Kraus said.
About 30 minutes later, a Honda motorcycle was headed north on Congress Road near Ridge Road in the rain, Kraus said. The motorcyclist, Roger Howard, skidded left out of his lane, smashed into a four-door Toyota headed south, and slid into a ditch and pond on the road's west shoulder.
Howard, 66, of Maine, died at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital.
The Toyota driver, Subhash Marwaha, 67, of Michigan, and his passenger, 25-year-old Christopher S. Opsal, of Port Richey, were not injured.
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