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U.S. 19 crash killed chair of west Pasco UAW retirees

Published Oct. 16, 2012

HOLIDAY — John Coyne, the longtime leader of the local chapter of UAW retirees, was killed Monday afternoon in a collision on U.S. 19. He was 75.

Coyne was driving south on U.S. 19 about 3:40 p.m. when he tried to make a left turn onto Bartelt Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. His Dodge Avenger sedan crossed into the path of a northbound Ford Ranger. The collision sent Coyne's car off the road, where it crashed into a power pole.

Coyne, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.

The driver of the Ford Ranger, David Max Roesler, 39, of Holiday, suffered minor injuries. He did not go to the hospital.

Coyne had worked for CME Mitsuba, a car parts and accessories manufacturer in Mount Pleasant, Mich., before retiring and moving to Florida, according to his Facebook page. He went from being an UAW staffer to heading up the New Port Richey/Florida West Coast UAW Retired Workers Council.

"It is unfortunate," said Warren Danford, director of the national UAW retired workers department in Detroit. "He had been chair of that group for a long time, and he did an excellent job keeping UAW retirees in the area informed on UAW issues, insurance purposes, other information related to UAW companies and our political issues, also."

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