FHP: Drunk driver hits 6 pedestrians on Interstate 75 in Pasco - WFLA News Channel 8

FHP: Drunk driver hits 6 pedestrians on Interstate 75 in Pasco

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A Wesley Chapel man, who authorities say had a blood alcohol level of .10, is charged with DUI after investigators say he hit six people who were changing a flat tire on Interstate 75 in Pasco County.

The crash happened around 3:31 a.m. Wednesday south of State Road 56, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators say John Hegarty, 47, was driving a 2004 BMW in the far right southbound lane when he saw two vehicles stopped ahead of him in the same lane.

One vehicle had a flat tire and the driver of a second vehicle had pulled over to help the driver of the car with a flat. All six occupants of both vehicles were standing outside near the cars, which had their emergency flashers on.

Investigators say Hegarty tried to move over to the center lane, but failed to maintain control of his BMW and hit one of the cars, which propelled it into the other car.

The six people, who were standing in between and around the cars, were hit by the colliding vehicles. All six people suffered serious injuries according to the FHP. Brittany Vaughn, 19, Erica Berry, 22 and Mariya Peterman, 17, were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. Jerrick Vann, 24, Nagy Ferguson, 24, and Kenneth Collins, 19, were transported to Tampa General Hospital.

Hegarty is charged with one count of felony DUI with serious bodily injury, driving while license is suspended, violation of business purposes only driving restrictions and failing to drive in a designated lane. He was booked into the Pasco County Jail.

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