Law Enforcement Officials have reported that last Friday night a 16-year old boy and 91-year old woman were killed in a five car Pasco County auto accident that took place on State Road 54.
The Florida Highway Patrol claims that around 9:30 p.m., the teenage boy Matthew Capelo-Fine, a resident of Trinity, was traveling east in a 1997 BMW sedan approaching Lake Polo Drive. He lost all control of the steering wheel and swerved, skidding across the grass median and into a westbound Hyundai Veracruz driven by 71-year-old Joseph Furphy of Holiday. The front passenger seat was occupied by Anna Furphy, 69, and three close relatives were seated in the back.
Capelo-Fine’s car continued to spin out of control, hitting a Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Donald Watrous, 43, of Port Richey — and then another — a Nissan Altima driven by Keisha Squire, 22, resident of Holiday.
The PT Cruiser then spun around and collided into the Furphys’ Hyundai. Squire sustained minor injuries.
The fifth car, a Chevy Impala driven by Jessica Cameron, 30, of New Port Richey, was struck in the windshield by debris from the aftermath of the accident. The crash closed part of State Route 54 in Pasco County for three hours.
Capelo-Fine died immediately at the scene of the accident. Anna Davis, 91, a backseat passenger in the Furphys’ car, later passed away at Tampa General Hospital, where Joseph Furphy also transported. He remains in critical condition from the severe injuries he had sustained. This was the latest in a string of recent horrific Pasco County Auto Accidents.
Anna Furphy and two other passengers in the Hyundai, Collene Carberry, 13, and Jilly Horaneck, 14, were also taken to the hospital. Furphy and Horaneck had suffered serious injuries, while Carberry had minor injuries, authorities stated.
Capelo-Fine, a Boston native moved with his family to Florida when he was a child, says his mother, Maria Capelo-Fine. The young teenager had a strong passion for hockey, which he actively participated in at J.W. Mitchell High School.
“He was just a normal young kid,” Maria Capelo-Fine said. “He finally had a girlfriend. He was looking for a job. From what I’ve seen on his Facebook wall, he was well-loved.”
Capelo-Fine left behind two sisters, one 13 and the other 15, his mother shared. “It’s a sad, horrible situation,” Capelo-Fine said.
Currently no charges have been made and police are continuing their investigation on the case.
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