Three dead in golf cart traffic crash in Pasco, 1 injured

Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-25 20:42:12-05

UPDATE | The third person who died in an early Christmas Eve traffic crash involving a golf cart has been identified as Robert Frederikson, 48, of Spring Hill. Next-of-kin notification has been completed. 

The traffic crash at Monteverde Drive and Crossondra Lane does not appear to be alcohol-related, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

The investigation continues. 

ORIGINAL STORY | The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a triple fatal traffic crash involving a golf cart at Monteverde Drive and Crossondra Lane in Pasco County.

A fourth person was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for treatment of critical injuries. 

The incident occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Monteverde Drive and Crossondra Lane in unincorporated Spring Hill in Pasco County.

A 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Victor Valdez Jr, 32, of Spring Hill was traveling southbound on Monteverde Drive north of Saguaro Lane, the Florida Highway Patrol said. 

At the same time, a 1995 golf cart operated by Scott Blair Wilson, 23, of New Port Richey, also was headed southbound on Monteverde Drive.

 The Jeep Cherokee approached and collided into the rear of the golf cart on the dark, unmarked road, the Florida Highway Patrol report said. The golf cart overturned, ejecting its four occupants. 

Wilson was critically injured and taken to Regional Medical Center Baypoint Point. His three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased were identified as Jennifer Boudreau, 36, and Leah Marie Kurasz, 28, both of Spring Hill. The name of a 48-year-old Spring Hill man was withheld, pending notification of next-of-kin. 

Valdez, driver of the Jeep Cherokee, was uninjured.

The investigation continues, and charges are pending. Boudreau's uncle said the family is hoping for quick answers.

"We have to see what the Florida Highway Patrol says and see who is at fault and how we can make it better," said Dan DeSplinter.

This is a developing story. Stay with for updates.