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Second motorist is a victim of hit-and-run

For the second time in a week, a Hernando County motorist has been assaulted by a hit-and-run driver. According to Hernando County sheriff's reports, Nancy Barfitt was driving west on Cortez Boulevard near Mariner Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a vehicle she described as a blue sports model drove up behind her. Reports said Barfitt saw a male driver, who was flailing his arms and honking at her, and a female passenger in the vehicle. Barfitt said she heard the driver yelling obscenities when she brought her 1982 Mercury Marquis to a stop at Mariner. After she turned north onto Mariner, Barfitt said, the other vehicle slammed into her at about 35 mph, then passed by as she pulled to the side of the road. Barfitt got the vehicle's license number and reported it to the Sheriff's Office, but a search revealed no vehicle registered with that tag. Spokesman Frank Bierwiler said the Sheriff's Office was looking into possible connections with a similar hit-and-run incident last week on Cortez near Emerson Road in Brooksville. No arrest has been made in that case.

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