FHP: Wrong way driver, 73, causes head-on crash in Trinity

By Tim Wronka, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:12 PM EST

A New Port Richey man is in critical condition after being hit head-on by a driver going the wrong way.

  • FHP: Wrong way driver, 73, causes head-on crash in Trinity
  • Kathleen A. Raspolich was driving southbound at a high rate of speed in the northbound lanes
  • Raspolich hospitalized in serious condition; Joseph Volpatti in critical condition
  • BN9 Traffic resources

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 73-year-old Kathleen A. Raspolich was driving her 2006 Chevrolet Avalon southbound at a high rate of speed in the northbound lanes of 7 Springs Boulevard. 

Troopers said the crash is alcohol-related.

As a result, Raspolich's vehicle collided head-on with a 2006 Chrysler Sebring driven by Joseph Volpatti, 51, of New Port Richey. 

Raspolich, of New Port Richey, and Volpatti were both rushed to Bayonet Point Hospital. Raspolich was in serious condition while Volpatti suffered critical injuries. 

Volpatti’s wife Deborah agreed to speak with Spectrum Bay News 9 as she awaited news from doctors.

“I’ve never seen anyone look as bad as him. Never in my life,” Volpatti said. “To go walking into a hospital room, and your husband is cold and not responsive at all was unexplainable.”

Deborah said her husband is in a coma and suffered severe head injuries. But Deborah is not looking for anyone to judge.

“All I would want people to do is to pray. Not only for my husband but for the person that did this. Forgiveness is the strongest power on Earth,” Volpatti said.

According to troopers, charges are pending, and the investigation is ongoing.