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Palm Harbor driver causes U.S. 19 crashes, is then struck by car, police say

TARPON SPRINGS — A Palm Harbor woman was critically injured early Tuesday after a series of crashes on U.S. 19, police said.

The first crash was reported just after 1 a.m. north of Spruce Street. A Dodge pickup driven by Christina Boyle, 24, struck the rear of a Mustang driven by Christopher Summers of New Port Richey as both cars headed south on U.S. 19, authorities said. After the impact, Summers lost control of the Mustang and spun off the road.

Boyle's truck continued south, but eventually crossed over the median into the northbound lanes, drove over a sidewalk and crashed into a parked car at Karl Flammer Ford at 41975 U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs police said.

Another driver, Sheryl Dowen of Hudson, saw Boyle cross over into the northbound lanes and called 911. She stopped her car and offered to help Boyle, but Boyle began yelling at Dowen and ran into the northbound lanes.

Moments later, Boyle was struck by a 2005 Hyundai.

Boyle was flown to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. She was listed in critical but stable condition early Tuesday, police said.

Charges are pending.

The crash remained under investigation Tuesday.

Palm Harbor driver causes U.S. 19 crashes, is then struck by car, police say 12/17/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:06pm]

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