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Spring Hill driver suffers health emergency, hits homes, later dies

SPRING HILL — A 60-year-old Spring Hill man on Monday lost control of his Jeep, struck two houses and later died after suffering a medical emergency, authorities said.

Douglas William Tietjen was driving east on Spring Hill Drive about 8:45 a.m. when he lost control of the Jeep, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle initially came to a stop, then accelerated across the westbound lanes, collided with two mailboxes, a telephone pole and a parked vehicle. The Jeep then hit a tree, struck the corner of a house at 1451 Bentley Drive, then crossed the street and collided with the house at 1452 Bentley Drive.

Tietjen was conscious immediately after the crash but was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, said Spring Hill Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll. Tietjen died at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, the FHP said.

People were in both houses at the time, but no one was injured. Officials estimated the damage to be $5,000 at the first house and $20,000 at the second.

Pieces of the Jeep and a concrete decorative wall littered the yard of the home at 1451 Bentley on Monday afternoon. No adult was home when a Times reporter visited. The impact left a small hole in the stucco of the home at 1452 Bentley. No one answered the door.

Spring Hill driver suffers health emergency, hits homes, later dies 04/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 7:58pm]
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