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Pasco man loses control of car; another dies in resulting accident

Charges in the accident are pending.
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Published Nov. 10, 2019|Updated May 7

It’s unclear why the man lost control of his car.

But David Houston of New Port Richey did, according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol. Another motorist died in the resulting accident.

About 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Houston, 31, was driving south “at a high rate of speed” down Little Road near Crane’s Roost Drive, according to the release.

At the same time, Phillip Viola, 72, of New Port Richey, was turning left from the northbound turn lane of Little Road into the Regency Square shopping center, the release said.

Houston lost control of the 1993 Toyota sports car he was driving and crashed into the right side of Viola’s Hyundai sedan. The release did not say what caused Houston to lose control.

Viola’s Hyundai then spun southwest into a Ford pickup truck driven by Patrick Trottman, 51, of Hudson, the release said. Trottman was unhurt in the crash.

Houston and a passenger, Brittany Rago, 23, of Inverness, were both seriously hurt. They were taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to have their injuries treated.

Viola and his passenger, Robert Ward, 20, of New Port Richey, were also taken to Bayonet Point with serious injuries.

Viola died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, the release said.

Authorities charged him in the crash but prosecutors later dropped the charges, court records show.


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