ST. PETE BEACH
7-year-old boy drowns in gulf
A 7-year-old boy drowned Sunday afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities said. St. Pete Beach police got a call at 6:14 p.m. about a boy found floating face-down in the water. A bystander performed CPR, according to police, until paramedics arrived and transported the boy to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy's mother was at the beach, police said. The boy's name was not released yet while authorities tried to notify his biological father. Police said the boy was from St. Petersburg. Sunday's drowning came four days after a 41-year-old Alabama woman drowned in the waters off St. Pete Beach. Six other people were rescued Wednesday off St. Pete Beach after struggling against strong currents in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby.
Woman injured in scooter crash
A 55-year-old woman was in critical condition Sunday evening after crashing her motor scooter into a curb, authorities said. Karen Sue Kennedy of Madeira Beach wasn't wearing her helmet when she crashed on Duhme Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. She had been heading north about 1:20 p.m., approaching 48th Avenue N, when she lost control for unknown reasons and hit the curb, ejecting her from the cycle. Kennedy was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, the highway patrol said. The incident remains under investigation.
Motorcyclist badly hurt after collision
A 21-year-old Spring Hill man was in critical condition Sunday evening after his motorcycle struck a pickup truck on U.S. 19, authorities said. Richard Charles Stiltner was headed north on U.S. 19 about 5:30 p.m. when his 2008 Kawasaki slammed into a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche that was turning into his path, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the Avalanche —Janice Giddens Crocket, 69, of Brooksville — had been traveling south on U.S. 19 and started to turn left onto Spring Hill Drive, according to the patrol. Stiltner, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the truck, the patrol said. He was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with critical injuries. Crocket suffered minor injuries. An investigation was under way.
Auto magnate Ed Morse dies
Ed Morse, the auto magnate whose car dealerships expanded from South Florida to the Tampa Bay area, died Friday. He was 91. Mr. Morse died of natural causes, a company spokesman told the (South Florida) Sun Sentinel. He was chairman and founder of Ed Morse Automotive Group, which began as a small auto rental company before merging with National Car Rental. Mr. Morse opened his first car dealership in 1961 in Miami. The business eventually grew to have an extensive Florida presence in five counties. They include two Ed Morse Cadillac dealerships and the Brandon Auto Mall in Hillsborough County, the Port Richey Auto Plaza in Pasco County and Ed Morse Mazda in Polk County.