NEW PORT RICHEY — Two pedestrians were killed by vehicles in separate accidents that happened minutes apart Friday night, authorities said.
In the first incident, two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle at 9:48 p.m. on U.S. 19 at Green Key Road, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue. One of the pedestrians was killed. New Port Richey police are investigating.
About 15 minutes later, two men lying in the eastbound lanes of State Road 54 in front of the Dairy Queen near Virginia City Drive were run over by a Lexus sedan and then a Kia sedan, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
One of the men, Stacey Arthur Butcher, 42, of New Port Richey, died at the scene. Christopher Momier, 24, of Gibsonton, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to be treated for serious injuries. Both men were wearing dark clothing, troopers said.
Myra Freedman, 66, of New Port Richey was driving the Lexus with a 12-year-old passenger. Roseanne Andrea Esposito, 21, of Holiday, was behind the wheel of the Kia. None of the occupants of the cars were injured.
Troopers were trying to determine why the men were lying in the road. The investigation continues.