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New Port Richey moped passenger killed in crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 27-year-old woman was killed Wednesday night after the moped she was riding was rear-ended on U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The collision killed passenger Desiree L. Clements from New Port Richey. The moped's driver, Anthony Cribaro, 24, of Hudson was seriously injured in the crash and hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center.

The moped was northbound on U.S. 19 about 8:55 p.m. near Bougenville Drive when it was struck, troopers said. The crash happened after a vehicle pulled in front of Michael Yoder's 2004 Lincoln sedan, which was behind the moped. Yoder, 45, of Hudson tried to avoid hitting the vehicle but struck the back of the moped, troopers said.

The vehicle that prompted Yoder to take evasive action didn't stop and the identity of the driver is unknown, troopers said.

Neither Yoder nor his passenger was injured. An investigation continues.

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New Port Richey moped passenger killed in crash 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:19pm]
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