Hernando, FL–On Wednesday, August 23rd, at approximately 11 AM, a two-vehicle accident took place near the Brentwood subdivision entrance which led to a fatality and 6 of 7 occupants being transported to area hospitals, some by helicopter evacuation.
According to the FHP official press release, Thomas R. Pickell, JR, 88, the driver of a 2012 Toyota, was traveling eastbound on CR-486 (Norvell Bryant Highway) and attempted to make a left turn onto Brentwood Circle when a 2014 Dodge minivan struck the car on the passenger-side. The Pickells sustained critical injuries and were both transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center. A few hours later, Winifred R. Pickell, 84, expired due to her accident-related injuries.
After making contact with the Toyota, the Dodge minivan overturned.
The minivan had five occupants including the driver at the time of the incident. Four of the five occupants were transported to area hospitals for either minor or serious injuries, including a one-year old infant who was reported as sustaining serious injuries.
The Brentwood entrance to County Road 486 is one of several Citrus County subdivisions that have entrances facing four or six lane highways without traffic lights.
Submitted by Lou Newman, Publisher, on August 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM
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