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Elderly Port Richey man killed in four-vehicle crash

PORT RICHEY — A 90-year-old man was killed in a four-vehicle crash Wednesday after another driver ran through a red light, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Steven Younge was turning left from Timber Oaks Avenue onto Little Road about 2 p.m. when a Ford F-350 truck ran the red light going south on Little Road, the FHP said. The collision sent Younge's Chrysler sedan spinning into the southbound lanes of Little Road, hitting a bus bench and a retention wall.

Younge, of Port Richey, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died from his injuries, FHP said. The passenger in his car, Beatrice A. Ford, 91, was taken to the same hospital with critical injuries. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Records show they lived together at a home in Driftwood Village, less than a mile from the crash site.

The F-350 truck was driven by Michelle Frances Maddox, 32, of Spring Hill. After hitting Younge's vehicle, the pickup struck two other cars that were stopped in the northbound lanes of Little Road.

One of the other drivers, Cheryl Melody Kripps, 52, of Brooksville, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The other driver, Byron Frank Baker, 57, of Port Richey, suffered minor injuries.

The pickup continued across the northbound lanes and a sidewalk and went through a wooden fence, where it came to a stop, the FHP said. Maddox received minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital.

Maddox has previously been cited for speeding, driving without a seat belt and driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Maddox has not been arrested in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

FHP is still investigating the crash to determine whether charges will be filed.

Times researcher Natalie Watson and staff writer Erin Sullivan contributed to this report.

Elderly Port Richey man killed in four-vehicle crash 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 8:47pm]
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