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Teen Dies in Pasco Crash

Car Accident | Car Crash | Traffic Accident

The 15-year-old from Zephyrhills was a passenger in the back seat of one of the vehicles.

ZEPHYRHILLS – A 15-year-old girl from Zephyrhills died Wednesday (June 10) at the scene of a traffic crash and three others who were in the vehicle are in the hospital.

The deceased was Kaitlyn Bearup, according to the FHP. She had been sitting in the right rear seat.

In critical condition at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was the driver, Robert Lubbert Vandemheen, 43, the FHP said. Another passenger, Timothy Jacob Vandemheen, 17, was in critical condition at Bayonet Point Hospital. A third passenger, Robert Allen Vandemheen,16, was in serious condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Also hospitalized at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was the driver of the other car, Alexis Rodriguez, 31. Rodriguez was in serious condition. All are from Zephyrhills.

The FHP says the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 10) when Robert Lubbert Vandemheen was driving his 2000 Chevrolet C1500 northbound on 16th Street in Zephyrhills. He was approaching the intersection of Piedmont Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle while trying to overtake Rodriguez’s 2006 Chevrolet Silverado at the intersection. The right front of Vandemheen’s Chevrolet struck the left rear of the Silverado then hit several large trees on the east shoulder of the roadway. The FHP says the vehicle spun clockwise, traveled back across the road and collided with a 1994 Ford that was parked on the other side of the road.

Charges are pending, according to the FHP. For information about the FHP, see

Pasco County | Zephyrhills | Florida Highway Patrol | Traffic Accident

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