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A young Pasco County man suffered incapacitating injuries after his vehicle left a Lecanto-area roadway and struck a tree.

According to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), which has yet to release the identity of the Port Richey 18-year-old, the man was driving a gold Ford Ranger south on County Road 491 at around 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, north of Stage Coach Trail.

For unknown reasons, according to FHP, the man swerved off the road and onto the eastern shoulder, where his vehicle spun counterclockwise before striking a tree and a barbed wire fence.

Nature Coast EMS transported the man, who wasn’t wearing his seatbelt, to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. FHP troopers cited him with careless driving.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916,  bthompson@chronicleonline.com or visit tinyurl.com/yxn2ahso to see more of his stories.