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Motorcyclist killed by impaired Hernando driver who ran stop sign, troopers say

The 50-year-old Spring Hill woman then drove off in her SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said they tracked her down and arrested her.
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Published Dec. 10, 2020
Updated Dec. 10, 2020

SPRING HILL — A 40-year-old motorcyclist was killed Wednesday when an impaired driver ran a stop sign and struck her with an SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 50-year-old SUV driver, Frida Charlene Ross, then fled the scene of the crash and was arrested at her Spring Hill home, troopers say.

Frida Charlene Ross, 50, hit and killed a motorcyclist in Spring Hill on Dec. 9, 2020, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Frida Charlene Ross, 50, hit and killed a motorcyclist in Spring Hill on Dec. 9, 2020, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]

The Highway Patrol did not release the name of the 40-year-old Hudson woman who was killed in the crash. She was wearing her helmet at the time.

The incident took place at about 1:50 p.m. at the intersection of County Line Road and Spring Time Street.

The motorcyclist was traveling west on County Line Road approaching Spring Time Street. Ross was driving an SUV south on Spring Time Street approaching County Line Road.

Then the 50-year-old drove through a stop sign, entered the intersection and struck the motorcyclist, according to the Highway Patrol. The SUV and motorcycle were propelled into the front of a pick-up truck stopped on eastbound County Line Road, waiting to turn left. The pick-up’s driver, a 46-year-old New Port Richey man, was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.

Ross drove off but troopers said they tracked her down to her home on Spring Time Street. She was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and two counts of DUI with property damage. The Highway Patrol did not say what evidence it has that shows she was impaired at the time of the crash.

She was booked into the Hernando County jail where she was being held Thursday in lieu of $11,500 bail.