Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Separate crashes in Hernando County kill two SUV drivers

An officer radios in the license of a Toyota 4Runner that flipped in a fatal accident at Cortez Boulevard and California Street Friday.


An officer radios in the license of a Toyota 4Runner that flipped in a fatal accident at Cortez Boulevard and California Street Friday.

BROOKSVILLE — A 58-year-old Brooksville man was killed Friday morning after losing control of his 2001 Ford sport utility vehicle on State Road 50, authorities said.

Jeffery C. Nicoll was headed east on SR 50 about 12:40 a.m. when his SUV swerved into a grass median and then veered right, crossing both eastbound lanes, according to a release from the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the road, hit a concrete drainage culvert and went airborne.

Nicoll was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned and died at the scene, according to the FHP. The SUV landed in woods about 52 feet south of the road. Nicoll, who was alone in the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt, according to the FHP.

In another, unrelated accident Friday afternoon, a man died after his Toyota 4Runner apparently clipped a truck while heading east on SR 50 and flipped over, throwing him from the SUV.

The man was driving east on SR 50 about 2:30 p.m. when his SUV hit a Dodge Dakota pickup truck that was waiting to turn at the intersection of California Street, witnesses said.

The collision sent the SUV spinning into the south shoulder, and the vehicle turned over when it hit something in the shoulder. The man was thrown from the vehicle and landed in the road. The SUV flipped over several times and eventually settled in a ditch on the side of the road.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene minutes later and pronounced the man dead at the scene. Information about the victim was not released by authorities, pending notification of his relatives.

A deputy identified the driver of the Dodge pickup truck as teenager Brittney Houston. No other information was given.

Eileen Simmers of Brooksville was waiting in her truck at a stop sign at California and SR 50 as the accident unfolded in front of her and her sister. She saw the 4Runner roll over several times, ejecting the man.

"It was like someone pitched (the vehicle) into the air," Simmers said. "I couldn't believe it."

Joel Anderson can be reached at or 754-6120.

Separate crashes in Hernando County kill two SUV drivers 03/07/08 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2008 6:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion


    Two houses are on fire and one victim has been critically burned and taken to a trauma center following an explosion at a home at 8652 Velvet Dr, in Port Richey.

  2. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  3. Bucs counting on better health creating better pass rush


    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

    Retired All-Pro defensive end  Simeon Rice, right, the last Buc to have double-digit sacks in a season,  works with defensive end Ryan Russell, who last season was promoted from the practice squad for the second half of the year as injuries piled up. He is competing for a backup job this year.
  4. Tampa man turns himself in for Sunday hit and run fatality

    Public Safety

    A Tampa man was arrested early Sunday after he struck and killed a pedestrian, left the scene, and then called 911 to turn himself in.

  5. Tom Jones' Two Cents: Bucs, Jaguars both get blame for terrible preseason ratings

    TV and Radio

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst of a weekend in televised sports.

    Worst matchup

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) tries to get past Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Brian Dixon (41) and safety Barry Church (42) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) JVS119