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New Port Richey man dies in multicar crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 59-year-old New Port Richey man was killed in a crash after driving the wrong way on State Road 54 early Monday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred about 7:16 a.m. as the man, whose identity had not been released, was driving a 2002 Dodge east in the westbound lanes of State Road 54.

Loren D. Staker, 65, of Land O'Lakes, was westbound in a 2004 Ford pickup in the center lane. Joshua R. Wells, 25, of Holiday, followed behind, troopers said.

Just east of Starkey Boulevard, the front right of the Dodge struck the front ride side of Staker's vehicle, causing both to spin. The front of Wells' vehicle then smacked into Staker's pickup. Finally, a fourth vehicle, belonging to Enrico L. Perruzzi Jr., 61, of Tampa, rear-ended the Dodge.

The unidentified man died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, the FHP said.

Troopers said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

No other information was immediately available.

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New Port Richey man dies in multicar crash 11/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 1:55pm]

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