Spring Hill Man Dies in Wrong-Way Crash on SR 589
Alcohol was a factor in the head-on crash, FHP troopers said. The crash closed a portion of SR 589 for about seven hours.
HERNANDO COUNTY – One driver died and the other was seriously injured in a wrong-way, head-on crash on State Road 589, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Rhiddari D. McKenzie, 39, of Spring Hill, died in the crash.
Jose Esteban Jimenez, 39, of Frostproof, was taken to the Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point with serious injuries. Troopers said they believe he had been drinking before the crash. It is unknown if he was wearing a seat belt.
The crash happened about 1:43 a.m. today (Feb. 3) near the 38 milepost in the northbound lanes of SR 589 north on County Line Road in Hernando County.
Troopers said Jimenez was driving a 2014 GMC pickup truck south in the northbound lane in heavy fog when he crashed head-on into the 2006 Mini Cooper that Mr. McKenzie was driving. After the impact, the truck burst into flames, closing SR 589 until 8:35 a.m.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash, troopers said.
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