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Crash victim is identified

Published Oct. 16, 2005

The motorcyclist killed in a collision with a car on U.S. 19 Sunday evening has been identified as Terry Dean Bledsoe, 27, of 8176 Filson St. in Weeki Wachee, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. A car driven by Walter G. Cruice, 76, of 6413 Wedgewood Drive in Spring Hill, pulled onto U.S. 19 about a mile north of County Road 595 and was struck in the rear by Bledsoe's motorcycle. The impact caused Bledsoe to be thrown over Cruice's car. He then was run over by the car and dragged 142 feet before being pinned under the car. Bledsoe was pronounced dead at the scene. He was working as a painter for Maryland Steel in Tampa, said his stepfather, Gary Perkins. The family had moved to Hernando County in 1981 and Bledsoe had been riding a motorcycle for many years, Perkins said.