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Driver dies after being rear-ended in fiery U.S. 19 crash

A high-speed crash left one person dead and a vehicle in flames on U.S. 19 early Monday.

Ryan Sean Brosnan, 21, of Port Richey was driving his Mazda Miata north on U.S. 19 at more than 100 mph around 3:15 a.m. Monday and slammed into the back of a 2000 Kia Sephia driven by Courtney Ann Kreckel, 38, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said.

The accident happened at the intersection of Moog Road.

The Kia traveled across the median, came to rest in the southbound left turn lane and caught fire. Kreckel also of Port Richey, was transported to Trinity Medical Center and later died, Gaskins said.

Portions of U.S. 19 were closed for more than five hours early Monday while crews cleaned the scene.

Brosnan was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and transported to the Pasco County jail, Gaskins said.

Gaskins said the accident was being investigated as a possible DUI manslaughter and further charges would depend on toxicology results.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal crash is being investigated as a potential DUI manslaughter case.

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal crash is being investigated as a potential DUI manslaughter case.

Driver dies after being rear-ended in fiery U.S. 19 crash 11/11/13 [Last modified: Monday, November 11, 2013 7:55pm]
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