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Criminal inquiry begins in death of woman run over on Pasco road


Woman's death now criminal investigation

Authorities on Tuesday said the death of Mary-Mary Kopta, who was run over as she lay on a darkened road early Saturday, is now a criminal investigation. The Florida Highway Patrol said Kopta, 23, was traveling with a friend in a Toyota FJ Cruiser to another friend's house when Kopta bailed out of the vehicle "for unknown reasons." It's not clear who was driving. Just after 2:30 a.m., as Kopta was lying in the westbound lane of Blanton Road just west of Interstate 75, she was struck by a 2002 Kia driven by Joanna Bartell, 27, of Lecanto, FHP said. Kopta died at the scene. FHP has not determined why she was on the road. Toxicology tests are pending to determine whether Kopta had alcohol or drugs in her system. Bartell could not have avoided the woman, FHP said.

New Port Richey

Man arrested after standoff

Officers took a man into custody Wednesday morning after a standoff that prompted lockdowns at Gulf High School and James M. Marlowe Elementary School. Pasco deputies went to a home at 4903 Elmwood Drive about 10 a.m. to arrest Paul Anthony Deitke on a Hillsborough County warrant on drug trafficking charges, said New Port Richey police. Deitke, 24, told deputies he had a gun and refused to come outside, police said. Deputies and New Port Richey police secured the area. Neighbors were alerted of the situation and told to stay inside. Deitke was taken into custody shortly before 11:30 a.m. In addition to the drug charges from Hillsborough, Deitke was charged with resisting an officer with violence and driving on a suspended license. Deitke is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Criminal inquiry begins in death of woman run over on Pasco road 01/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:01pm]
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