NEW PORT RICHEY — The driver of a car involved in fatal crash on U.S. 19 early Monday is a former Mitchell High School football and wrestling captain.
Ryan Sean Brosnan, 21, of 8308 Aquila St., Port Richey, was driving a 2006 Mazda Miata Minor north on U.S. 19 in excess of 100 mph approaching Eastwood Lane and slammed into the rear of a Kia Sephia, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Brosnan failed to slow down or avoid the Sephia and struck the rear of the car, investigators said.
After the collision, the Kia traveled across the highway’s median and caught fire upon stopping in the southbound left-turn lane, the report said.
The driver of the Sephia was identified as Courtney Ann Kreckel, 38, of Port Richey. Kreckel was pronounced dead at Trinity Medical Center about a half-hour after the 3:17 a.m. collision.
Brosnan was not injured, troopers said.
Brosnan was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. Other charges related to the crash are pending the investigation and toxicology tests, troopers said. He remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with no bond.
Responding deputies with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and rescue workers from Pasco County Fire Rescue extinguished the fire and extricated Kreckel from the car. She was transported to Trinity Medical Center where she later died.
“It’s just a sad thing,” Mitchell football coach Scott Schmitz said. “As I told my driver’s ed class today, good kids sometimes do stupid things that will affect their lives forever. .
“As sad as I am for Ryan and his family, the family of the lady who died, they’ve just got to be devastated,” he said.
Brosnan, who graduated from Mitchell in 2010, played football at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., as a freshman and sophomore. During each of his four years at Mitchell, he was a member of the Jr. ROTC.
At Norwich, he majored in history and was also part of the school’s Corps of Cadets.
“You think about that poor woman who had nothing to do with it all,” said Justin Fenton, who coached Brosnan in both sports at Mitchell. “It’s scary stuff.”
Schmitz and Fenton said it has been at least two years since they last saw Brosnan. Neither were sure when he left the school and returned to Pasco County.