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Clearwater motorcyclist killed in Dunedin crash


Motorcyclist dies after MORNING crash

Deputies are investigating a Sunday morning crash that killed a motorcyclist. Just before 10 a.m., deputies say Clarvel Romano, 59, of Oldsmar was driving a 2010 Infiniti south on Bayshore Boulevard near San Salvador Drive. Romano's vehicle collided with a 1982 Honda motorcycle driven by Peter Gikas, 54, of Clearwater. Gikas, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center. Authorities said he died at the hospital. Romano was uninjured. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


Authorities search for missing boater

Authorities were searching late Sunday for a man who fell from a boat Sunday in the Alafia River. The man entered the water about 5:45 p.m. near Williams Park and U.S. 41, said Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway. A Sheriff's Office dive team and boat crews from Hillsborough Fire Rescue and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were working the search.


Two hospitalized in motorcycle crash

A motorcycle struck a car Sunday on Gandy Boulevard, sending two people to the hospital. James Russell Westling, 50, and Patricia L. Gabriel, 49, both of Palm Harbor, were riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Gandy Boulevard about 12:50 p.m. near 34th Street N, according to Pinellas Park police. A 2010 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Morgan M. Dooley, 17, of St. Petersburg turned from 34th Street into the motorcycle's path. The Harley hit the Jetta. Westling and Gabriel were ejected, police said. Westling was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Gabriel was also hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries. Neither was wearing a helmet, police said. The crash remains under investigation.

Today's picks


High Point Community's Fourth of July Parade: Lineup starts at 8:30 a.m. at the High Point bus stop near Cortez Boulevard. The parade starts at 9 a.m. and will follow High Point Boulevard to Club House Road, ending at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road.

Machine Gun Shoot: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Spectators $2, ages 14 and younger free. Shooters can participate for $20. (352) 597-9931.

Hernando Primate Fourth of July Celebration: 1-5 p.m., Hernando Primate, 14495 Chicaric Road, north of Weeki Wachee. $10 per person; children 3 and younger admitted free. (352) 848-0879.

Family Freedom Fest to benefit Wounded Warrior Project: 3-11 p.m., Fun and Wheels, 9227 County Line Road, Spring Hill. (727) 937-1755.


Independence Day Celebration at Aripeka Elks: 3 p.m., 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. $10. (727) 863-2520.

Sparklebration Star-Spangled Spectacular: 4 p.m., Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. $5 parking; admission $5 (ages 12 and younger free). (352) 567-6678.

Celebration with Eagles Aerie: 1 p.m., Centennial Aerie 4399, 15924 U.S. 301 N, Dade City. (352) 567-9755.

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