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Fatal Overnight Hernando County Crash 7/30/2020 Harrow Road

On 7/30/2020 at 11:34 PM a 45-year-old female driver from Spring Hill, driving a sedan, was traveling southbound on Harrow Road approaching the intersection of Norbert Street. The driver failed to stop for a posted stop sign, struck a dip in the roadway, became airborne, landed, then rotated onto the east shoulder. Once on the shoulder, the sedan continued to rotate while colliding with a mailbox, street sign and power pole. The vehicle continued across Elk Lane into the front yard of 3208 Elk Lane, overturned, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.

Fatal Hernando Crash NB US-19 / VESPA WAY 6/15/20

A 54-year-old male driving a pickup truck at 1:10 AM  was traveling northbound on US-19, north of Vespa Way. For an unknown reason, the driver lost control of the vehicle which began to rotate. It then departed the highway, entered the grass shoulder, collided first with a power pole, and finally a water main. Upon impact, the pickup overturned and the driver was ejected, suffering fatal
injuries at the crash scene.

Fatal Hernando County Crash CR-574 5/31/20

A vehicle was traveling eastbound on CR-574 (Spring Hill Drive), west of Maguire Avenue. A pedestrian was walking southbound across CR-574 and entered the path of the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle collided with the pedestrian who suffered serious injuries. Following the crash, the driver fled the crash scene on foot. Transported to an area hospital, the pedestrian later expired from the injuries sustained during the crash. FHP troopers are currently searing for Kevin Patrick Benstead, 61, of Brooksville, Florida, identified as the driver of the vehicle.

Fatal Hernando Crash 5/20/20 NB I75

Hernando County 7:00 AM 5/20/20

A sport utility vehicle being driven by a 29-year-old female from Plant City was traveling northbound on I-75 near the 295-milepost when for an unknown reason the driver lost control of the SUV. The vehicle entered the center median, and the driver over-corrected back across the roadway and entered the outside shoulder. Once along the shoulder the SUV collided with a tree and came to a final rest. The diver, unfortunately, suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash.

Fatal Hernando Crash Broad Street 5/4/20

On 5/4/2020 at 9:37 PM a 70-year-old female driver from Bell Florida was traveling northbound on Broad Street, west of Old Church Road. A second vehicle driven by a 63-year-old female from Brooksville Florida was traveling southbound on Broad Street, east of Old Church Road. As the first vehicle approached a curve in the roadway, the female driver lost control of the vehicle. As a result, she entered the southbound lane of Broad Street and into the path of the second vehicle culminating in a head-on collision.

Fatal Hernando Crash NoDoc Rd/Barclay Ave 4/1/20

A 1997 GMC, driven by Nelson De Leon Soto 70 Brooksville, FL was traveling westbound on NoDoc Road, approaching Barclay Avenue when Mr. De Leon failed to stop for a posted stop sign. His vehicle continued across Barclay Avenue and entered the west grass shoulder where it collided with a water main. Mr. De Leon was transported to an area hospital and later expired from injuries sustained during the crash. The passenger in the vehicle a Mr. Walter Weeks 28  of Brooksville, FL was not injured in the accident. An investigation is pending whether alcohol was involved in this accident. 

Operation Dry Streets Focuses on Roadway Safety in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 11, 2020) – Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and the Florida Highway Patrol announced the launch of Operation Dry Streets, a joint statewide initiative that focuses on keeping the roads safe for citizens and visitors across Florida. The operation targets those who drive impaired and otherwise jeopardize public safety by disobeying the traffic laws in Florida.

Information Needed for Hernando Fatal Crash on US-19 and Hexam Rd on 2/20/20

On February 20, 2020, at 10:34 PM, An unknown vehicle was traveling westbound on Hexam Road, east of US-19. A 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Devin Page Camp, 26, of Riverview Florida was traveling southbound on US-19, north of Hexam Road. The unknown vehicle failed to stop for a posted stop sign before making a left turn on US-19 and entered the path of the Chevy Tahoe. Mr. Camp took evasive action and steered the vehicle away from the unknown vehicle.  As a result, without colliding, the Tahoe entered the outside grass shoulder and overturned several times. Mr.