Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Woman lying on Spring Hill street killed by car

SPRING HILL — Vernetta S. Yednak logged onto Facebook on Sunday, clicked "like" on a recipe on the Betty Crocker website and added at least one friend to her list of more than 900.

Hours later, the 61-year-old Spring Hill woman was killed when she was run over by a car less than a mile from her apartment, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say Yednak was lying in the southbound lane of Anderson Snow Road, south of Corporate Boulevard, about 8:15 p.m. when she was run over by a 2007 BMW driven by Leanne Salazar.

Salazar, 41, of Spring Hill could not see Yednak on the dark stretch of road. Salazar and her children, ages 9 and 14, were not injured.

No charges are pending, but the investigation continued Monday.

It was unclear why Yednak was lying in the roadway. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Florida Highway Patrol at (813) 631-4020.

Yednak lived with her husband, Thomas, at the Villas at Spring Hill, a newer complex of colorful apartments on Anderson Snow, just south of where she was killed.

Thomas Yednak declined to comment to a Tampa Bay Times reporter who visited Monday.

"Not today," he said.

Mrs. Yednak was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida about four years ago, according to public information available on her two Facebook pages.

She called her husband the "most wonderful man in this whole world" and bragged about her three grandchildren.

She also doted on her caramel-colored dachshund, Zapato.

The devout Christian and diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan loved to cook, bake, quilt and sew, but her favorite thing to do was pray to Jesus, she wrote.

"I love talking to him," she wrote in her profile, "so if you ever need a prayer ask me."

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