Two male teenagers riding in the bed of a pickup truck suffered life-threatening injuries Friday evening when their vehicle hit a utility truck at the intersection of NE Fifth Street and NE Eighth Avenue. They were thrown about 80 feet from the point of impact with one landing on the sidewalk and another in the middle of the street, said Crystal River police Chief Steve Burch. The teens were taken to Seven Rivers Medical Center. Investigators did not release their names or conditions. They were riding in a black Chevy S10 driven by 21-year-old William L. Mramor of Beverly Hills, who was headed north on Eighth Avenue. Burch said Mramor slowed or stopped at the intersection of Fifth Street, a five-lane road, when a passenger told him no cars were coming on the right. The driver never looked to the right, Burch said. The black pickup was hit by a white 2003 Ford utility truck owned by Croft Contracting Inc. and then spun into a blue Dodge pickup truck waiting at a stop sign. Charges are pending.
Today's holiday concert canceled
A holiday concert with folk musician Mem Semmes, her son Jon Semmes and bassist Pete Price scheduled for 2:30 today has been canceled. Mem Semmes is sick. No word yet on whether the concert will be rescheduled.
Supper was saved by candlelight
They were dining by candlelight Friday night at Patrick's Restaurant and Lounge - but by necessity, not choice. A dislodged truck tire struck a transformer on U.S. 19 and the business lost power. No problem. Owners Pat and Teresa Byrne put candles on the table and the guests continued on with their flounder almondine and prime rib. In the kitchen, they used flashlights and candles. Patrick's is at 7431 S U.S. 19, the former Yanni's.
Donate toys for tots to team at Wal-Mart
The local Toys for Tots team will gather outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter west of Inverness from noon until dark today collecting new, unwrapped toys for disadvantaged kids in Citrus County. Toys for Tots is a nationwide program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.