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Garbage truck in fatal accident ran red light, officials say

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Garbage truck in fatal accident ran red light

A garbage truck that hit and killed a woman on Roosevelt Boulevard ran a red light and drove into her path, the Florida Highway Patrol has determined.

The truck driver, William R. Jablonowski, 53, of St. Petersburg, has been charged with a traffic violation.

Lisa Olson, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened at 4:44 a.m. on April 4 at the 28th Street N intersection.

Olson, in a 1996 Lincoln Town Car headed west on Roosevelt, drove into the intersection to make a left onto 28th Street when the truck hit the right side of the car, officials said.

Jablonowski was not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, troopers said.


Work starting on recreational trail

Work on a 12-foot-wide recreational trail that someday will stretch between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties starts Sunday as part of a Courtney Campbell Parkway construction project.

This phase of the project is estimated at $8.4 million.

It will repave State Road 60 and an access road on the north side of the highway between Rocky Point Drive in Tampa and the Pinellas County line.

And, on the Hillsborough side of the causeway hump, work starts on a trail on the south side of the highway. The segment goes from Bay Harbor Drive to the west end of Ben T. Davis Beach.

Additional work on the project includes a sidewalk, guardrails and some new traffic lights.

The Florida Department of Transportation warns drivers of uneven lanes and nighttime lane closures. This phase is expected to be complete by August 2013.


Motorcyclist crashes into building, dies

A 19-year-old motorcyclist died Tuesday when he struck a building, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Caleb Hodges of Odessa was riding east on E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Moores Lake Road about 2:30 a.m. when he drove off the roadway into a building. Hodges, who was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

Garbage truck in fatal accident ran red light, officials say 04/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:54pm]
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