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1 killed, 3 injured in car accident

A 19-year-old Holiday man was killed and three others were injured early Thursday when their car flipped twice and struck some trees before coming to rest in mud off the roadside. The car had been speeding, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Killed in the accident was Jeff Rouzer, 19, of 3948 Sunray Drive in Holiday. Rouzer graduated from Gulf High School last year.

Injured were Donald Coyle, 17, of Tarpon Springs, Debbie Powers, 17, of New Port Richey, and Robert Smith, 23, of the West Pasco area.

Coyle and Powers were taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Coyle was in stable condition with a broken collarbone.

Powers, a junior at Gulf High, suffered facial injuries and was listed in fair condition.

Smith was taken to Tampa General Hospital and was discharged Thursday.

The Highway Patrol said it was unclear Thursday who was driving the car when it went out of control on Bailey's Bluff Road, in the southwest corner of Pasco County.

The accident occurred about a quarter mile south of Moog Road about 12:50 a.m. Thursday.

Speaking from his hospital bed at the Bayfront Medical Center, Coyle said the foursome had been to a party Wednesday night.

"I was almost asleep in the back and when I woke up we were spinning," Coyle said. "We were going real fast and the car was getting light when it shot off to the left."

When the car finally came to rest, it had been torn almost in half, Coyle said.

He said Smith got out of the car and began looking for Powers, who was outside the car in mud off the roadside.

Coyle said that Rouzer, with whom he had been close friends for several years, sat up and then laid back down.

Coyle said his friend wasn't coherent, but didn't have any obvious external injuries.

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