NEW PORT RICHEY — The Florida Highway Patrol released new details this evening about a pedestrian who was injured when he was struck by a vehicle pulling off U.S. 19.
The problem, troopers say, is the driver pulled right into this afternoon’s “tea party” protest at Gulf View Square.
Melanie M. Schrey, a 23-year-old from New Port Richey, was driving south on U.S. 19 in the righthand turn lane, according to an FHP report, when she tried to turn right into the driveway of Mel’s Diner at 9223 U.S. 19.
But the driver pulled into a group of about 50 protesters standing in the driveway access, the FHP said. The front end of her 1994 Chevy struck protester Joseph D. Sprowls, according to the report.
The 62-year-old New Port Richey man suffered minor injuries, the report said, and was taken to Community Hospital for treatment. In all, nearly 2,000 protested in the mall parking lot.
Charges may be pending, the FHP said, and the investigation is continuing.
According to local sources, Mel’s Diner has been closed for well over a year, and the driver of the vehicle may have been hurling epithets at the protesters prior to making the ill-timed right-hand turn into the driveway of the long-closed local eatery.
Did Ms. Schrey simply not see the fifty people exercising their God-given, and Constitutionally protected right right in front of her?
Or was this an act of aggression against a bunch of Americans voicing their disagreement with our current state of affairs?
More as more becomes available.