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FHP Charges Driver with Hit and Run, Drug Possession after Pasco Crash

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The other driver was seriously injured.

PASCO COUNTY – The Florida Highway Patrol on Friday (April 14) charged a woman of leaving the scene of a traffic crash that sent the other driver to a hospital.

Rosemary Chandler, 46, of Hudson, the other driver, was taken to Bayonet Point Hospital with serious injuries.

Sarah Ibanez, 20, of Port Richey, was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injury, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving and improper start.

The crash happened about 4:55 p.m. at the intersection of Little Road and Mango Street. An FHP trooper was conducting another crash investigation when he witnessed a 2015 Nissan Rogue rear end a 2007 Dodge Charger driven by Chandler. After the crash, Ibanez, who troopers said, was driving the Nissan yelled at Chandler. Then troopers said Ibanez “accelerated rapidly” as she left the scene.

The trooper followed Ibanez as she went north on Little and turned onto Mango. The trooper pulled her over to the side of the road where Ibanez “exited her vehicle and began to yell at the trooper who promptly arrested the irate 20 year old,” according to the FHP.

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