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Briefs: Driver one of two people killed in Plant City crash


DRiver loses control, two are killed

Two people are dead and a third critically injured from a one-car crash just after midnight Sunday on State Road 60 near Mud Lake Road. Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol say the driver of a 2000 Acura Sedan was traveling at a high speed when she lost control, veered into the center median, overcorrected, spun out and hit a utility pole. The backseat passenger, 20-year-old Andrew Santilli of Valrico, was thrown from the car and survived with critical injuries. The front passenger, Christopher Richards, 20, of Brandon, and the driver were inside the car when it became engulfed in flames. Both died. The driver had not been identified Sunday evening due to her burns, officials say. Santilli remained at Tampa General Hospital. None of the crash victims wore seat belts.


Home damaged; firefighter hurt

A firefighter was injured fighting a blaze in East Lake Woodlands early Sunday. At 4:11 a.m., a neighbor called 911 to say that the two-story house at 10 Camelila Court was burning. Another neighbor had smelled smoke in the subdivision, but assumed it was from a fireplace because the night was chilly. There was significant damage to the second floor and the roof burned off. It is one of the original houses in East Lake Woodlands.


Home of 12 people destroyed in fire

Twelve people were left homeless and three dogs died in a fire Sunday morning that consumed a 4,000 square-foot house. None of the dozen people who lived in the five-bedroom Victorian-style rental house at 959 Kingsway Road were seriously injured, Hillsborough fire officials said. They were outside when firefighters arrived just before 6:30 a.m. Due to the size of the house and the advanced stages of the fire, 12 crews and 30 firefighters responded. It took them about an hour to put out the flames. Officials did not immediately determine the cause of the fire. The Red Cross was providing help for the six adults and six children displaced by the fire. To help, visit or call 1-877-741-1444.


A day of rest? Not for bank robbers

Open seven days a week and most holidays, BankAtlantic calls itself "Florida's most convenient bank.'' Apparently that's true for robbers, too. A thief or thieves got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the branch at 3801 49th Street N on Sunday. St. Petersburg police did not release details.


Shots fired during attempted robbery

One person was shot during a failed robbery attempt Sunday at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market. After the shooting, two suspects fled the flea market at 7801 Park Boulevard, but were arrested a short time later when deputies stopped their vehicle at East Bay Drive and Fourth Street NE in Largo, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Authorities did not release the name of the victim, who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Times staff

Briefs: Driver one of two people killed in Plant City crash 11/16/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 16, 2008 10:34pm]
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