Son of Pinellas teacher's union president remains in critical condition after crash
The 23-year-old son of Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association president Mike Gandolfo remains hospitalized after he was critically injured in a Jan. 13 car crash.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Rocco Gandolfo was a passenger in a Chevy pickup truck driven by an unknown driver. Around 6:30 p.m., the truck was heading northbound on 15th Street approaching Michigan Avenue in Palm Harbor when, for an unknown reason, the truck veered off the road and crashed into a tree.
Rocco was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Hospital in Hudson. FHP is still trying to identify the driver.
In an email sent to PCTA and PESPA, Mike Gandolfo apologized for not being available to union members since the incident and thanked them for their prayers. He described his son as "clinging to life."
"I received holy water from Italy, holy oil from a Greek Orthodox Church and candles were lit in a Thai Temple," he wrote. "Because our union is a family, there are people across three continents praying for a miracle for my son."
According to his Facebook page, Rocco Gandolfo graduated from Palm Harbor University High and attended St. Petersburg College. A prayer gathering for Rocco will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunedin Causeway.