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Toxicology results from fatal 2013 car crash lead to a Pasco man's arrest



A Port Richey man was arrested Monday after toxicology results revealed his blood-alcohol level was 0.174 during a November 2013 car crash that killed a mother of five, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

That's more than twice the level at which Florida presumes someone is impaired.

Ryan Sean Brosnan, then 21, was driving a Mazda Miata 111 mph northbound on U.S. 19 around 3 a.m. Nov. 11 when deputies spotted him and turned to give chase, according to the Highway Patrol. They watched as he smashed into the back of a Kia driven by Courtney Ann Kreckel, 38, of Port Richey at Eastwood Lane in New Port Richey.

The collision hurtled the Kia across the median, onto the southbound lane of U.S. 19. After coming to rest, it burst into flames. Kreckel was burned alive in her car, investigators said.

When troopers arrived on scene, they found Brosnan soaked in urine, with a bag of marijuana in his Mazda.

Around the time of the crash, a former football coach remembered Brosnan's once-bright future in the sport. An offensive lineman, he was recruited to play at the college level, but didn't get on the field and at some point returned to Pasco County and was tending bar.

Kreckel had two sets of twins, ages 13 and 19, and a son of 15. She worked as a housekeeper.

Brosnan was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide on Monday after the release of the toxicology reports. He remains in Pasco County Jail.

Toxicology results from fatal 2013 car crash lead to a Pasco man's arrest 08/04/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 10:37pm]
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