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Dunedin driver killed after veering off road


Dunedin driver killed after veering off road

A man killed Monday night after crashing into a wall along State Road 580 was identified Tuesday as John J. Mrozinski, 51, of Dunedin.Mrozinski was driving west in a 1989 Honda Accord when he crashed just east of Forest Lake Boulevard about 8:20 p.m. His car veered onto a grassy median, clipped a palm tree, crossed both eastbound lanes of SR 580, jumped a curb and hit a concrete wall, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. A witness ran over, saw Mrozinski unconscious and called 911, deputies said. Mrozinski was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. No cause has been determined, and deputies say alcohol is not suspected.

Palm Harbor

Car hits, seriously hurts pedestrian

A 43-year-old man crossing U.S. 19 on foot in Palm Harbor was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle Monday night, authorities said. Jeffrey Wayne Rowland was struck by a Chevy Cavalier — hitting his head on the windshield — near Colonial Boulevard at 8:30 p.m. He suffered a broken leg and trauma to his head and chest, said Elizabeth Monforti, a spokeswoman for the Palm Harbor Fire Department, which responded to the scene. Rowland was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was reported in good condition Tuesday. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Rowland was walking east along the southbound shoulder of U.S. 19. The car, driven by Paraskevas Betoglou, 61, of Holiday was traveling south. Neither Betoglou nor a passenger was hurt. Rowland faces a pedestrian violation.


Boating safety course to begin

The Clearwater Sail and Power Squadron, 1000 Cleveland St., will conduct a safe boating course on basic boating skills and seamanship from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 2. The last class will be Sept. 21. There is a $40 materials fee, with a 50 percent discount for additional family members. The course covers Florida boating laws, navigation, safety equipment, basic knots, radio use and emergency procedures. For registration, call (727) 441-8775 or visit

Safety Harbor

Library fundraiser features $1 books

The Friends of the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Most books, including coffee table, paperback, hardcover, children's and an assortment of other genres, will be $1. (727) 724-1525.


Center offers Parkinson's talk

The Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin, along with the American Parkinson's Disease Association, will host an information session about Parkinson's at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The guest speakers will be Dr. Michael Andriola, a practicing neurologist from Clearwater, and Faye Kern of the American Parkinson's Disease Association. For information, call (727) 298-3299.

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