Highway patrol now says other driver initiated fatal crash in Pasco County

Published July 21, 2016

Times staff

After investigating a fatal crash in Pasco County earlier this week, the Florida Highway Patrol said Wednesday it's shifting the blame onto the driver who lived.

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, a 2009 Mazda CX-9 driven by Koosh Raahul Patel, 17, veered across the center line of State Route 54 between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills, according to the FHP. The Wesley Chapel resident's vehicle struck a sport utility vehicle driven by Tiffanie Michelle Hughes, 33, head-on, according to the FHP. The crash killed Hughes and severely injured her 11-year-old son and his friend.

An initial FHP report claimed Hughes was the driver who crossed the center line, but an updated report issued Wednesday afternoon said it was Patel's vehicle that drifted.

Charges are pending, according to the FHP.