Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Public safety

Pasco driver, 66, dies in Friday crash on SR 54

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 66-year-old man died Friday after he collided with oncoming traffic on State Road 54 in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Herman F. Waller of New Port Richey was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger in the center lane heading east on SR 54 east of Old County Road 54 about 3:20 p.m., troopers said. They said he entered the inside lane of the road, colliding with a 2015 Toyota Prius driven by 35-year-old Michael W. Cashion, also of New Port Richey.

The crash sent the Ford over the center median of the road and into the path of Michael G. Murphy, 44, of Trinity, who was driving a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck. Those two vehicles collided, sending Waller into the path of yet another vehicle, a 2005 Hyundai Tuscon driven by Kimberly J. Rieser, 50, of Hudson. Rieser tried to avoid the collision, troopers said.

Waller was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he was pronounced dead. Rieser, too, was taken to Bayonet Point, suffering from serious injuries, according to the Highway Patrol. Neither Cashion nor Murphy were injured.

All four drivers were wearing seat belts, troopers said. No charges were expected to be filed in the accident.

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