Hernando County, FL (October 10, 2018) - A teen from Port Richey was killed in a crash on Spring Hill Drive. The crash happened on Monday, October 8th.
Deputies with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene. When they arrived, they found 18-year-old Verdell Pettis suffering from critical injuries. Pettis was taken to Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point, where he was pronounced dead.
Pettis was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 49-year-old Eric Jefferson Stanley. Three other passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries. The crash happened when Stanley's 2005 Dodge Caravan stopped in the outside lane of Spring Hill Drive and was rear-ended by a 1996 Ford F250 driven by 28-year-old Corey John Hare. Stanley was delivering phone books at the time of the crash.
There is no word at this time on charges.
We extend our condolences to the family of Verdell Pettis. By all accounts, Pettis was an innocent passenger in this rear-end collision that took his life. In Florida, a fatal car accident takes place approximately every 8 hours.
Pettis's family may have the option of pursuing a wrongful death claim related to this crash. In Florida, a wrongful death claim is filed against a person whose negligence unlawfully led to another's death. The person who brings a wrongful death case is the deceased victim's next of kin.
At Rubenstein Law, our Florida wrongful death attorneys can help in this situation. Serving Floridians for over 30 years, we have the skills and experience needed to help you gain maximum compensation. To speak with us today, call 1-800 FL-Legal.
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