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New Port Richey man found dead in in SUV after suffering medical emergency while behind the wheel

Kris Thomas Geidel was behind the wheel when the vehicle apparently rolled forward and crashed into a fence Friday night. His body was discovered the next morning.
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Published Sep. 1, 2019

HOLIDAY — A 60-year-old New Port Richey man found dead in a crashed SUV on Saturday may have suffered a medical emergency while driving the vehicle the night before, according to an emailed release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The body of Kris Thomas Geidel was discovered at about 7:35 Saturday morning, the release said. He was behind the wheel of a 2004 Ford SUV that had crashed into a white privacy fence surrounding a manufactured home on Mary Lane in Holiday’s Knollwood Village neighborhood.

According to investigators, Geidel was driving the vehicle the night before when he pulled into the east side parking lot of the nearby Shama Alpha Masani Clinic just before 9 p.m. and suffered an unknown “medical emergency.”

Approximately three hours later, Geidel’s SUV began to slowly roll forward, the release said.

The vehicle then exited the south side of the parking lot, located at 5010 Mile Stretch Drive, and rolled into the neighboring yard, crashing into the fence.

Geidel succumbed to injuries at the scene, investigators said. No one else was injured in the crash.