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FHP: Woman, 79, dead after Hillsborough car crash

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Published Aug. 18

A 79-year-old New Port Richey woman died after a car crash in north Hillsborough County Saturday night.

According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Hana Bandealy, 29, of New Port Richey, was driving a 2009 Volkswagen sedan northbound on Nebraska Avenue at about 9:30 p.m.

At the same time, 47-year-old Aracely Garcia of Tampa was driving a 2017 Nissan SUV southbound on Nebraska Avenue.

At the 121st Avenue intersection, Garcia turned left into the path of Bandealy's oncoming sedan, the release said. The front left of Bandealy's car hit the front right of Garcia's SUV.

One of the two passengers in Bandealy's car, Malek Gajani, 79, of New Port Richey, died after sustaining serious injuries in the crash.

The other passenger, Leila Bandealy, 50, of New Port Richey, suffered minor injuries. She was taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment.

Hana Bandealy, the driver, sustained serious injuries in the crash and was taken to AdventHealth Tampa.

Neither Garcia nor any of her three passengers were hurt in the accident, the release said.

Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, the release said.

Contact Kirby Wilson at or 727-893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.


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