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ATV passenger killed, driver hurt in ATV crash in Crystal River


ATV Passenger killed, driver hurt in crash

Authorities say one person is dead and another injured after a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle. The Florida Highway Patrol says Eric Lee Stokes, 22, and his passenger, Terri Lynn Benoit, 20, were riding in a field behind a residence in Crystal River about 4 a.m. Saturday. Investigators say Stokes lost control of the ATV, which overturned onto its right side against a fence and ejected both riders. Benoit died at the scene. Stokes sustained minor injuries.


Stroller incident leads to charges

A Clearwater woman was jailed Saturday after witnesses said she repeatedly shook a baby in a stroller while out for a walk. Pinellas sheriff's officials said two witnesses called deputies to the 600 block of Union Street in Dunedin about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Deputies said witnesses told them they saw the woman pick up the stroller with the child inside and shake it vigorously "numerous times" while walking down Milwaukee Avenue. When approached by a deputy, 29-year-old Gretchen Gludovatz refused orders to stop walking. The deputy then touched Gludovatz's shoulder, but the woman shoved the deputy and struck her in the jaw, according to an arrest report. Gludovatz was arrested on charges of child abuse, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. Deputies didn't report if the child was hurt or where the baby was taken after the incident. A judge ordered Sunday that Gludovatz be released on her own recognizance, though she was to have no unsupervised contact with the child.

Manning, S.C.

Clearwater man killed in I-95 wreck

A Clearwater man is dead after his wife lost control of their minivan on Interstate 95 in South Carolina, authorities say. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Mary and Bobby Lee West were driving through Clarendon County about 2:15 p.m. Saturday when Mary West lost control of the couple's Dodge Caravan. Deputies say she went off the left side of the highway then came back on it before flipping several times. Coroner Hayes Samuels Jr. says 61-year-old Bobby Lee West was pronounced dead at the scene. Mary West was airlifted to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Today's picks

Hernando County

'Calendar Based Budgeting' financial management class: 3 p.m., Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Free. (352) 540-6391, 754-4433.

Pasco County

Hernando/Pasco Has Talent audition night: 7 p.m., Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Watch talent from Hernando and Pasco counties compete for a grand prize of $500. Money raised will support PHCC Foundation scholarships. $10. (352) 848-1411 or

Today's meetings

Hernando County

Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Pasco County

Port Richey City Council, special meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.

ATV passenger killed, driver hurt in ATV crash in Crystal River 07/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:00pm]
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