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Pasco bicyclist dies from injuries in crash with driver accused of fleeing

HUDSON — On Wednesday, more than two weeks after he was hit by a driver who fled the scene of the crash, Anthony Georgianna died. He was 46.

Georgianna was crossing Fox Hollow Drive southbound on his bicycle at about 9:30 that morning. He was on his way home from the grocery store where he had gone to buy breakfast ingredients for his family. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say 27-year-old Krystle Lynn Latham was driving east on the same road and hit him.

Georgianna was knocked off his blue mountain bike. The crash damaged the front end of Latham's Pontiac Grand Prix where his body hit. Reports say she stopped and got out of the car then told witnesses she would come back but never did.

Georgianna was rushed to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in critical condition. Authorities searched for a green Pontiac matching witnesses' descriptions.

Doctors told Georgianna's family there was bleeding in his brain.

The next day, a witness spotted Latham in her car near the area of the crash. She was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries.

Georgianna's death will likely mean more severe charges for Latham.

"I have no doubt," said FHP spokesman Steve Gaskins, "that the state attorney will upgrade the charge to leaving the scene of a crash involving death."

Alex Orlando can be reached at aorlando@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6247.

Pasco bicyclist dies from injuries in crash with driver accused of fleeing 10/18/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 9:13pm]
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