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New York woman hospitalized after pileup in Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — A woman was sent to the hospital after a three-vehicle pileup Tuesday afternoon on Alt. U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Jerome Hutchinson, 37, of Tarpon Springs was driving his Hyundai Sonata north on Alt. U.S. 19 toward the Klosterman Road intersection about 1:40 p.m. when he failed to notice that traffic ahead was stopped, troopers said.

He rear-ended a Honda Goldwing motorcycle driven by Shawn Michael Doherty, 50, of Trinity, and pushed the motorcycle into the rear of a Hyundai Elantra that was carrying Claude E. Stephens, 65, and Linda Stephens, 42, of New York.

Linda Stephens was incapacitated and taken to Helen Ellis Hospital, while Doherty was possibly injured but not hospitalized, according to the FHP. Hutchinson, who was unharmed, was charged with careless driving.

Troopers blocked off the road for nearly two hours while they investigated the collision. All lanes were reopened by afternoon rush hour.

Contact Marissa Lang at or (813) 226-3386.

New York woman hospitalized after pileup in Tarpon Springs 02/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:40pm]
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