Brooksville man dies in crash on I-75 in Pasco

A Brooksville man was killed this morning in a crash that closed southbound Interstate 75 in Lutz at State Road 56.

The crash occurred just before 6:45 a.m. and involved two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 36-year-old Charles L. Hostetter, of Brooksville, was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota in the outside lane, just north of State Road 56, when he tried to change lanes but struck a trailer being towed by a semi driven by 49-year-old Michael A. Hakey, of Fremont, Ind.

The impact caused Hostetter’s pickup truck to rotate, the FHP said, and he was then struck on the driver’s side by another tractor-trailer, driven by 50-year-old Quintin L. Travis, of Midwest City, Okla.

Hostetter died at the scene, the FHP said.

The crash closed the roadway until about 10:30 a.m., the FHP said.

Obama, Zimmerman and race

While the media has remained obsessed with the trial of George Zimmerman, they systematically ignored the stories of three other men simultaneously being brought to justice.

In a courtroom in Boston, the Islamic radical who set off lethal bombs at the Boston Marathon was being arraigned. Meanwhile, the editors at Rolling Stone magazine decided it would be a good idea to display a GQ-style photo of the little creep on their cover. Can you imagine a sympathetic photo of George Zimmerman on that cover? Of course, something so politically incorrect will never happen.

At Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, another Islamic extremist, Maj. Nadal Hassan – trained as a psychiatrist, promoted, paid and armed, all with our tax dollars – is on trial for mass murder.

Incredibly, the Obama administration, which is still calling Hassan’s massacre “workplace violence,” has taken four years to bring Hassan to trial. The murderer will be representing himself, with his defense being that he was defending Taliban fighters when he shot and killed 14 innocent people on the Army base.

And in Cleveland, Ariel Castro has pleaded not guilty to hundreds of charges of rape over a period of 10 years. His trial may yet turn into a media circus, particularly if it affords the Fourth Estate the opportunity to ignore the uncomfortable facts coming out about the Islamic extremists in Boston and at Fort Hood.

These cases are not of interest to a media with the left-wing politics of Barack Obama and the attention span of a flea. The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, validated as self-defense during an exhaustive jury trial, captured the fascination of the press like nothing we have seen in recent years. It also highlighted the ridiculous extremes to which the political left will go to perpetuate an agenda of racial division in a nation that has clearly moved on from our admittedly disgraceful past.

Barack Obama and Eric Holder’s useful idiots and race pimps – Jackson, Sharpton, et al – have attempted to draw parallels to the historic, racially motivated murders of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King. There is even a Photoshopped picture online of King wearing a hoodie like that worn by Trayvon Martin at the time of his death.

Really? Is this what race relations in America have come to – comparing an aggressive teen with a chip on his shoulder that got him into a situation that caused his death with the cold-blooded murders of three black victims half a century ago?

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old boy from Chicago who was visiting relatives in Money, Miss., where he was kidnapped, beaten and had one of his eyes gouged out before being shot in the head – all for the crime of speaking to a white woman. That was 1955.

Medgar Evers was a civil rights leader who died in his driveway in Jackson, Miss., in front of his wife and children, after being shot in the back with a rifle. That was 1963.

And, as we all know, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in the neck while standing on the balcony of his motel in Memphis, Tenn. That was 1968.

Do those who would equate these terrible crimes with what happened to Trayvon Martin in 2012 really believe that we have not moved forward since the days when Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King Jr. were murdered?

In the last 25 years, the black Americans who have been elevated to top positions of power include: Ron Brown (Secretary of Commerce); Mike Espy (Secretary of Agriculture); Alexis Herman (Secretary of Labor); Louis Wade Sullivan (Secretary of Health and Human Services); Alphonso Jackson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development); Rodney Slater (Secretary of Energy); Rod Paige (Secretary of Education); Jesse Brown and Togo West (Secretaries of Veterans Affairs); Eric Holder (Attorney General); Valerie Jarrett (top White House Advisor); Susan Rice (UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor); Colin Powell (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State); Clarence Thomas (U.S. Supreme Court Justice); Condoleezza Rice (National Security Advisor and Secretary of State); not to mention Barack Hussein Obama (President of the United States – elected twice!)

Can you race peddlers still living in the Jim Crow Deep South of the 1950s please finally, finally get over yourselves?

Doug Patton can be reached via email at dpatton@cagle.com and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.

Traffic crash slows I-75 traffic near Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE :
The Florida Highway Patrol is working an accident along Interstate 75 and at least one of the southbound lanes has been closed, according to scanner reports.

The accident took place shortly before 9:30 a.m. about three miles south of the State Road 50 exit, troopers said.

The inside lane was blocked after rescue units arrived, according to the FHP website.

Details of the crash were not available this morning.