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Brooksville man killed in motorcycle wreck

A motorcyclist was killed Saturday night after he was hit by a car that turned in front of him on Cortez Boulevard near U.S. 41, Brooksville police said Monday. Ralph Merrill, 71, of 15335 Brookridge Blvd. was riding a 1996 Harley-Davidson east on Cortez when a 1988 Chevrolet pickup traveling west turned left into the Brooksville Square shopping center, hitting the motorcycle and throwing Merrill onto the road, police said. He was pronounced dead at Brooksville Regional Hospital after the 8:46 p.m. crash. The driver of the pickup, Judy Parrott, 54, of 21372 Lincoln Road, Brooksville, was not injured. She was taken to the hospital for observation, where she suffered a heart attack, police said. She was then flown to Tampa General Hospital, where she was in the intensive care unit Monday. Information on Parrott's condition was unavailable. A police spokeswoman said she did not know if charges had been filed.

Spring Hill sinkhole

slows morning traffic

SPRING HILL _ Deltona Boulevard near Bay Drive was reduced to one northbound lane Monday morning after a sinkhole damaged the road. The 3-foot-wide and 6-foot-deep sinkhole opened at 7:30 a.m. and slowed traffic for nearly three hours. It posed no immediate threat to houses and businesses, officials said. Public works employees quickly patched the hole with limerock. In June, a 40-foot-wide, 35-foot-deep sinkhole gobbled a front lawn and driveway of a house at Captain Street, west of Mariner Boulevard, after the ground gave way to torrential rains.


Harry Hancock of SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast was recently elected executive vice president/credit administrator. His title was incorrectly stated in Monday's business digest.

John Druzbick is the chairman of the Hernando County School Board. A story Monday incorrectly identified board member Jim Malcolm as the chairman.