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Tarpon Springs man dies three days after Sunday crash

TARPON SPRINGS — A 26-year-old man critically injured when he was thrown from a car during a one-vehicle crash early Sunday died Wednesday, authorities said.

Patrick Vosbein of Tarpon Springs died at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson sometime before 7 a.m., Tarpon Springs police said.

According to police, Vosbein was a backseat passenger in a 2011 Dodge Charger driven by 31-year-old Garrett Bruce of New Port Richey that was headed west on Meres Boulevard about 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

Bruce lost control of the Dodge, which left the road and hit a concrete utility pole and water meter just east of Waterside Court, police said.

"It was pretty bad," said Tarpon Springs police Cpl. Frank Ruggiero. "They hit a power pole and a water meter at the same time, so the live power line was arced off the side of the car a few times and water was free-flowing from underneath the car."

The impact threw Vosbein, who was not wearing a seat belt, onto the hood, Ruggiero said.

"He had massive head injuries," Ruggiero said.

Efforts to reach Vosbein's family members were unsuccessful Wednesday.

Officials with Progress Energy shut off power remotely, which caused a loss of power from Alt. U.S. 19 to the Gulf of Mexico, Ruggiero said. Once workers were on the scene, they were able to disconnect the power locally and restore electricity to affected homes and businesses, he said.

The investigation was ongoing Wednesday and no charges had been filed, but speed does appear to be a factor in the crash, Ruggiero said.

Bruce and another passenger who was sitting in the front seat, 24-year-old Elliot Lewis of Ybor City, were wearing seat belts. Both were taken to Bayonet Point with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Lewis was treated and released. Bruce was listed as stable Tuesday evening, according to a hospital spokesman, but his condition was not immediately available Wednesday night.

Tarpon Springs man dies three days after Sunday crash 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:40pm]
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