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Spring Hill driver, 49, dies after hitting parked car

A Spring Hill man died Friday after he drove his vehicle into a parked car. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, James Edward Steele, 49, of 1189 W Finland Drive was traveling west on Spring Hill Drive west of Persian Avenue about 10:45 a.m. when he crossed into the eastbound lane, went over a curb, continued into a driveway and struck an unoccupied 1990 Chevrolet. Steele's 1984 Oldsmobile continued traveling west until hitting a guy wire 174 feet away. Authorities said the accident was alcohol-related, but they did not have Steele's blood-alcohol level. Steele was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital, where he died. Steele's death was the 29th traffic fatality in Hernando County this year. During 1995, there were 18 deaths on Hernando roadways.

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