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Port Richey man, 18, loses control, dies in U.S. 19 crash

Edward Joel Perez was driving north on U.S. 19 at about 11:30 p.m. when he lost control, crossed the median and struck another vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Feb. 11
Updated Feb. 11

HUDSON — An 18-year-old was killed Monday night after losing control of his vehicle on U.S. 19 and striking another vehicle headed in the opposite direction, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Related: Man who tried to pass car in Pasco killed after hitting semi head on

The crash took place on U.S. 19, north of Sea Ranch Drive, at about 11:30 p.m.

Edward Joel Perez of Port Richey was driving a 1997 Toyota Corolla north on U.S. 19 when he lost control and crossed the median, troopers said.

He entered southbound U.S. 19 and struck a 2015 GMC Denali driven by Jay J. Zitzelberger, 45, of Largo, according to the Highway Patrol. The agency did not say if it was a Denali SUV or pickup truck.

The right side of the Toyota struck the front of the SUV. Perez was pronounced dead at the scene. Zitzelberger was not injured, troopers said.

Related: Pedestrian killed trying to cross Little Road in Pasco County

Troopers said it’s unclear what caused Perez to lose control. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor. No charges will be filed in connection with the crash.

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