Fatal accident at S.R. 50 and Mariner

Oct 8, 2010 Full story: Hernando Today 13

Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Spring Hill Fire Rescue responded to the intersection of State Road 50 and Mariner Boulevard Friday afternoon where a middle-aged woman was killed at the scene of a car accident.

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Sherrie

Spring Hill, FL

#1 Oct 9, 2010
God Bless
The truth of the matter

Inverness, FL

#2 Oct 9, 2010
Prime example why it is imperative that we STOP at red lights.
jail time

Haines City, FL

#3 Oct 9, 2010
She needs to be looking at jail time. It might as well have been a gun.
Resident

Inverness, FL

#4 Oct 9, 2010
This past week I counted the cars that I saw blow through red lights, I counted 6. Today I was driving on SHD and saw a car drive right out into SHD never stopped at the stop sign. There was a sheriff driving right behind me, if I saw it, he did too, he just kept driving and the offender went on his merry way.

Always said its not me, but the other driver you have to watch out for. Between cell phones and other distractions, accidents happen.

That poor lady that died, may she rest in peace.
jail time

Haines City, FL

#5 Oct 10, 2010
Resident wrote:
This past week I counted the cars that I saw blow through red lights, I counted 6. Today I was driving on SHD and saw a car drive right out into SHD never stopped at the stop sign. There was a sheriff driving right behind me, if I saw it, he did too, he just kept driving and the offender went on his merry way.
Always said its not me, but the other driver you have to watch out for. Between cell phones and other distractions, accidents happen.
That poor lady that died, may she rest in peace.
That is the norm here. You never go when you have the green light, you have to count to 10, because more often than not here comes someone blowing through the light.

I see lots of police cars here, usually one every mile on SHD, yet very rarely do I see someone pulled over.

In a county of less than 170,000 people there are way too many deadly crashes here. I feel safer driving in more congested areas than here.

FL is way too lax, I know an 80 yr old who just renewed his DL for 8 years, no testing done!!!!
The Truth of the Matter

Inverness, FL

#6 Oct 10, 2010
Define "here". In most of the U.S.A people should count to 5 before moving through a light to allow the 2 or 3 red light runners to go through. Again, you point out a National problem as being a spot light on Hernando County.

One police car per mile on SHD? That's a heck of a lot of police cars. I drive from 41 to 19 on a regular basis and I may see one or two the entire route. I know there is a spot near Waterfall where they have wolf packs against speeders on SHD.

Mariner and 50 is a VERY congested area. You like driving in the congestion, that is where to go.

The problem has nothing to do with Hernando County, Spring Hill or Florida. What it has to with is the idiots who blantantly disobey traffic devices. There is no shortage in any state for those people.

As far as the 80 year old, let's just say he failed a driving test, eye sight, whatever. Do you honestly think that person would not drive again? Also, WHY is a person's age a determination of their driving ability in the first place?

Yes, over 60 should be tested. ALL.
jail time wrote:
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That is the norm here. You never go when you have the green light, you have to count to 10, because more often than not here comes someone blowing through the light.
I see lots of police cars here, usually one every mile on SHD, yet very rarely do I see someone pulled over.
In a county of less than 170,000 people there are way too many deadly crashes here. I feel safer driving in more congested areas than here.
FL is way too lax, I know an 80 yr old who just renewed his DL for 8 years, no testing done!!!!
jail time

Haines City, FL

#7 Oct 10, 2010
Because down here people get a slap on the wrist, this woman should have been arrested. She ran a red light and killed someone.

There is no mention of charges.

And yes they're way more lax here, I know several people who have been in bad accidents in HC, two of them involved elderly drivers...were they tested? were there licenses suspended pending a road test? NO...they were given tickets...one of them was driving on a suspended license. She is still driving.

Anything goes here.
jail time

Haines City, FL

#8 Oct 10, 2010
I will agree with you that you should wait at a green light and count, anywhere.

However the follow up after a crash here is poor. I know from my own experiences.

I even called the HCSD after an accident involving an old woman who lost control of her car and didn't even know what she did, she injured someone and totaled their car.

What was the follow up? None. I was told unless the officer at the scene writes down "needs evaluation", nothing is done. This woman needs to be off the road, but either due to laziness on the part of the cops or they feel sorry for the elderly who put us all at risk it continues here.
The truth of the matter

Inverness, FL

#9 Oct 11, 2010
You always think it's only "here" for some strange reason.
Spring Hill is just a snapshot of small town U.S.A.
jail time wrote:
Because down here people get a slap on the wrist, this woman should have been arrested. She ran a red light and killed someone.
There is no mention of charges.
And yes they're way more lax here, I know several people who have been in bad accidents in HC, two of them involved elderly drivers...were they tested? were there licenses suspended pending a road test? NO...they were given tickets...one of them was driving on a suspended license. She is still driving.
Anything goes here.
The truth of the matter

Inverness, FL

#10 Oct 11, 2010
Crashes involving death or injury are investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Its hard to get things done when you are not a party to the incident. If you are a party, its a civil matter, go to court.
The police are not the Gestapo.

If the cops followed up on every "suggestion of guilt" they'd do nothing but harass people all the time and never get anything else done.
jail time wrote:
I will agree with you that you should wait at a green light and count, anywhere.
However the follow up after a crash here is poor. I know from my own experiences.
I even called the HCSD after an accident involving an old woman who lost control of her car and didn't even know what she did, she injured someone and totaled their car.
What was the follow up? None. I was told unless the officer at the scene writes down "needs evaluation", nothing is done. This woman needs to be off the road, but either due to laziness on the part of the cops or they feel sorry for the elderly who put us all at risk it continues here.
sherlock holmes

Haines City, FL

#11 Oct 14, 2010
The truth of the matter wrote:
Crashes involving death or injury are investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Its hard to get things done when you are not a party to the incident. If you are a party, its a civil matter, go to court.
The police are not the Gestapo.
If the cops followed up on every "suggestion of guilt" they'd do nothing but harass people all the time and never get anything else done.
<quoted text>
She ran a red light hitting two cars.

The only thing to investigate is why?

Regardless she needs jail time.
Spring Hill Resident

Spring Hill, FL

#12 Dec 2, 2010
I happened to be at the intersection just after the accident happened. Cars on 50 travel 55 miles an hour , speed needs to be lowered in the area from Mariner all the way through the shopping area west of Mariner and way past WalMart, speed must be lowered in this conjested area and flashing caution yellow lights must be put up before this intersection. This area is way too conjested. I never go through that intersection to get to the shopping center at Sears. I make a right hand turn and go in that way, far too dangerous.
The truth of the matter

Inverness, FL

#13 Dec 3, 2010
The speed limit had nothing to do with this accident.

The point is someone RAN THROUGH A RED LIGHT. That is the problem. People have decided to just simply ignore red lights and stop signs. You could be going 10 mph and still get creamed by a red light runner doing 15 mph.

Put up all the lights, signs and speed limits you want, but without the drivers following the simple rules of the road, i.e. STOP at a red light or stop sign, yield when the sign tells you to, etc., we wouldnt have these accidents.
Spring Hill Resident wrote:
I happened to be at the intersection just after the accident happened. Cars on 50 travel 55 miles an hour , speed needs to be lowered in the area from Mariner all the way through the shopping area west of Mariner and way past WalMart, speed must be lowered in this conjested area and flashing caution yellow lights must be put up before this intersection. This area is way too conjested. I never go through that intersection to get to the shopping center at Sears. I make a right hand turn and go in that way, far too dangerous.

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