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One dead, two seriously injured after blowout on I-75 in Pasco

SAN ANTONIO — A motor home had a blowout Monday night on Interstate 75, causing a collision that killed one man and seriously injured two women.

Richard Forbis, 53, of Naples was driving his family in a motor home about 5:15 p.m. when the vehicle's right front tire blew out, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The motor home veered into the outside northbound lane, hitting a vehicle being towed by a 2004 Jeep Liberty.

The impact forced the Jeep off the road and it hit a tree on its right side before hitting another tree head-on, FHP said. Passenger Larry Gordon, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the left rear window and sustained serious injuries. Gordon, 27, of Fruitland Park, died overnight at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Two other passengers in the Jeep, Tisha Bryant of Fruitland Park and Jenna Gentry of Lady Lake, both 27, were taken to Pasco Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Jeep driver Lauren Gellon, 23, of Lady Lake, received minor injuries.

The occupants of the motor home, including Sandra Forbis, 50, and five children, were not injured.

FHP is still investigating to determine whether charges will be filed.

One dead, two seriously injured after blowout on I-75 in Pasco 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:29pm]
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