Hernando County man killed in crash after crossing median on U.S. 19

Three cars were involved in the late-afternoon crash.
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Published Oct. 17, 2019

A Hernando County man was killed Wednesday afternoon after his car crossed a median and collided with two other vehicles on U.S. 19, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Michael Kick, 32, of Brooksville lost control of his 1994 Ford Taurus while driving northbound on U.S. 19 near Jessup Lane in Hudson around 3:30 p.m. The car jumped the grass median between the north and southbound lanes and ended up in the path of a 2000 Ford Mustang driven by Paul Babraitis of Weeki Wachee.

The Mustang and a second vehicle, a 1994 Chevrolet 1500 driven by Christopher Ahrens of Weeki Wachee, then collided with the Taurus.

Kick was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

Babraitis and the passenger in his car, Terese Babraitis, sustained serious injuries.