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Two dead in separate accidents

East Pasco County was the scene of two traffic fatalities Monday.

The first occurred at 8:27 a.m., when a 1994 Geo Metro veered into the path of a 1999 Mack truck on State Road 54 west of Ernest Drive, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The Geo was totaled, and the driver, a 48-year-old Wesley Chapel man, died at the scene, according to the patrol.

The driver was not identified, pending notification of next of kin.

The patrol report said the eastbound Geo crossed into westbound traffic and into the path of the Mack truck driven by Jim Crossett, 48, of Spring Hill.

The front left end of the Geo collided with the front left end of the truck, the patrol said, and both vehicles came to rest on SR 54.

Crossett was not injured in the accident and was wearing his seat belt, the report said. But the report said investigators didn't know why the Geo crossed into the westbound truck's path. The report said the truck suffered about $1,000 of damage.

The second fatality occurred in a one-car accident on southbound Interstate 75 at 2:47 p.m., according to the patrol, at the 295-mile marker near the Pasco-Hernando county line.

Barbara B. Moyer, 72, of St. Stephens, S.C., was driving a 2002 Ford Escape south in the left lane, according to the FHP, when her vehicle crossed onto the shoulder.

She overcorrected as she entered the median and the vehicle overturned, the report said, ejecting and killing Lawrence H. Moyer, 76, who was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver, who was wearing her seat belt, was transported to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

An FHP trooper examines an SUV that rolled over, killing a passenger and injuring the driver on I-75 Monday. Driver Barbara B. Moyer, 72, of St. Stephens, S.C., was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Lawrence H. Moyer, 76, was thrown from the vehicle anand killed.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers examine a car in which a 48-year-old Wesley Chapel man, whose name was withheld, died Monday morning on State Road 54. His eastbound Geo Metro crossed into the path of a westbound Mack truck, driven by Jim Crossett, 48, of Spring HHill. Crossett was not injured.

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