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Holiday man, 45, killed when pickup collides with semitrailer

Troopers say the pickup veered into the wrong lane on Denton Avenue on Tuesday morning.
One man is dead after a collision Tuesday morning between a pickup truck and semitrailer on Denton Avenue in Pasco County.
One man is dead after a collision Tuesday morning between a pickup truck and semitrailer on Denton Avenue in Pasco County. [ Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Oct. 13, 2020
Updated Oct. 13, 2020

HOLIDAY — One man is dead after his pickup truck collided with a semitractor-trailer on Denton Avenue northeast of Holiday on Tuesday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A 45-year-old Holiday man was towing a utility trailer with a pickup truck, headed east on Denton Avenue near Dane Lane, when the pickup drifted into the westbound lane about 5:40 a.m., troopers said. A semitrailer driven by a 60-year-old Brooksville man was headed west in the westbound lane, approaching the pickup.

The pickup driver tried to correct his course at the same time the driver of the semitrailer attempted to veer into the eastbound lane to avoid a collision, troopers said. The vehicles collided, killing the driver of the pickup.

Troopers are investigating the crash. It was unclear why the pickup veered into the wrong lane.

Florida Highway Patrol did not release the names of the drivers because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2018 that is meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been made available under Florida’s public records law.