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CAR'S PASSENGER KILLED IN CRASH

DADE CITY

A 28-year-old man was killed and two others were badly injured after a crash Thursday afternoon between a car and a pickup truck.

The crash happened at 1:47 p.m. Anthony James Roma, 22, of Wesley Chapel was driving a BMW north on Old Lakeland Highway and began to turn left onto U.S. 98, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

He crossed into the path of Roger Otis Brass, 31, of Dade City, who was driving a Dodge pickup south on Old Lakeland Highway.

The impact killed Timothy Jason Gordon-Magro, who was in the passenger seat of the BMW.

Roma was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital with critical injuries.

Brass was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills with serious injuries.

All three were wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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SHADY HILLS

Car hits bus; two people hurt

Two people were injured Thursday morning after a car swerved into the path of a Pasco County school bus.

A Toyota driven by Christine Hughes, 46, of Aripeka, was headed north on Softwind Lane, south of Shady Hills Road. At 8:35 a.m., the car drove over the center line in front of the school bus driven by Lisa Butterfield, 47, of Hudson, a Florida Highway Patrol report states.

No children were on the bus.

Butterfield tried to steer out of the way, the report states, but the Toyota's front left end slammed into the bus' front left, causing the Toyota to spin and finally stop facing south on the northbound shoulder. The bus ended up on the southbound shoulder, facing south.

Hughes and her 13-year-old daughter, Taylor Galvin, were treated for minor injuries at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Butterfield was not injured. The crash caused $15,000 damage to the bus. Everyone was wearing seat belts.

FHP is investigating to determine whether anyone will be cited.

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BROOKSVILLE

Motorcyclist killed in crash

A Citrus County man died Wednesday evening after he was thrown from his motorcycle near the Hill 'n Dale community.

The unidentified 30-year-old man, from the town of Hernando, was driving with a passenger, an also-unidentified 33-year-old woman, west on State Road 50 near Cammie Street when a Ford Crown Victoria turned in front of him, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The motorcycle hit the front of the Ford, driven by Leslie Ronald Wright, 69, of Brooksville. The motorcyclist and his passenger were thrown into the median.

A tire from the Ford flew off and hit an Acura traveling east on State Road 50. The driver of that vehicle, Paula Gene Gay, 48, of Dade City, wasn't taken to the hospital.

The motorcycle driver was flown to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he died. The motorcycle passenger was also taken to the Pasco County hospital; her condition was not known Thursday morning.

The FHP said she also was from the town of Hernando.

The driver of the Ford and her passenger, Losis Jean Zslomsowitch, 82, of Brooksville, did not require hospital treatment.

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SPRING HILL

Home destroyed in fire; no injuries

Fire destroyed a house at 4251 Dristol Ave. on Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters received a call about 2:20 p.m. and arrived minutes later to find flames engulfing the rear of the Florida-style ranch home at Dristol Avenue and St. Augustine Road, said Spring Hill Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Kevin Carroll.

Within moments, flames were shooting from a skylight.

"It was definitely up in the attic for a while," Carroll said.

The source of the blaze was not immediately clear, and the fire marshal was investigating, Carroll said.

It was also unclear if anyone was home at the time, but no injuries were reported.

Property records show the house is owned by Joseph and Barbara Berrios and is valued at $33,160 due to confirmed sinkhole activity.

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