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New Port Richey accident survivor identified

NEW PORT RICHEY – The surviving passenger in a horrific crash that killed one man Friday has been identified as 18-year-old Austin Skumautz, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Skumautz was taken in critical condition on Friday to Bayfront Medical Center, where he remained this weekend.

Alexander Vachon, 19, was driving about 1 p.m. Friday on Rowan Road when his Mercury Marauder crashed through a guardrail and flipped about 200 feet. He was pronounced dead at Community Hospital.

Witnesses said Vachon's car was racing at more than 100 mph with a silver Infiniti G35, the driver of which has yet to be found.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 813-631-4020 or e-mail Cpl. Anthony Palese at anthonypalese@flhsmv.gov.

New Port Richey accident survivor identified 08/16/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 16, 2010 11:36pm]
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