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Tampa man arrested in 2009 fatal New Port Richey crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in connection with a 2009 Pasco crash that killed one person and injured two others.

The head-on collision occurred the evening of Aug. 29, 2009. Theodore Papadopoulos was speeding west on Green Key Road when he hit a curve, lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Corvette and collided with an oncoming car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Papadopoulos' passenger, Ernest John Baez, 57, of New Port Richey, died in the crash.

The occupants of the other car, Joseph Moccia, then 18, and Brienna Lyerly, then 17, both of New Port Richey, were injured.

Papadopoulos, now 40, was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and reckless driving involving serious bodily injury. He was transported to the Pasco County Jail and is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

Tampa man arrested in 2009 fatal New Port Richey crash 02/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 3:13pm]
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