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A 74-year-old Pasco man was setting up at a church flea market. Now he's dead in a possible carjacking.

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Published Apr. 27, 2019

HUDSON — A 74-year-old Port Richey man was killed Saturday morning in the Bayonet Point area in what is being investigated as a possible carjacking, police say.

Pasco County Sheriff's officials said they believe Hermel Levesque was setting up a table at the St. Marks Church flea market early Saturday morning when his 2018 Ford Explorer left the parking lot and headed onto State Road 52, with Levesque and an unnamed person in it.

Details on how the alleged carjacker got into Levesque's Explorer is unclear, deputies said. How the SUV crashed, however, was laid out in a Florida Highway Patrol release.

According to troopers, a 34-year-old from Weeki Wachee was driving the SUV on State Road 52 before losing control and striking a palm tree on the side of the road. With a trailer being pulled behind, the vehicle then overturned — killing Levesque and critically injuring the unnamed driver.

"Contents from the vehicle were strewn about from the parking lot," a news release from the sheriff's office said.

Troopers say the crash took place near the highway's intersection with Nature Trail, which is less than a half mile from the St. Marks Church. Though troopers made no mention of the carjacking in their report, they did say that the unnamed man — the alleged carjacker, according to deputies — was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital.

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