MOTHER CHARGED WITH DUI, NEGLECT
A Hudson woman was arrested Friday after causing a vehicle crash while driving under the influence with her 8-month-old child in the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Julie Gray, 24, was involved in a three-car crash around 4:30 p.m. at U.S. 19 and Embassy Boulevard near Gulf View Square mall. Gray was foaming at the mouth, mumbling, swaying and unable to listen, according to the patrol report. She is charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and child neglect. The infant appeared to be uninjured but another driver was hurt, the report said. Gray was released from the Land O'Lakes jail early Saturday.
Collision kills woman, injures other driver
A 58-year-old woman died Friday evening after a rush-hour collision with another vehicle at U.S. 19 and Bilgore Grove Boulevard.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Patricia A. Lattman of Palm Harbor was driving her 1997 Nissan Altima south on U.S. 19 at Bilgore Grove when she turned into the path of 17-year-old Nicholas Douklias of Oldsmar. Douklias had been northbound in slow-moving traffic on U.S. 19 approaching Bilgore Grove when his 2004 Ford Expedition struck the right side of Lattman's car, troopers said. The impact of the collision sent both vehicles to a corner of the intersection, where Lattman's car also hit a light pole. Lattman died at the scene. Douklias sustained minor injuries, troopers said. An investigation is ongoing.
Kids with fireworks may have set blaze
A brush fire that produced smoke that could be seen for miles Saturday may have been caused by children playing with fireworks, authorities said.
Fire crews from the Oldsmar Fire Department and the Division of Forestry battled the fire, which is believed to have started about 4 p.m. in Mobbly Park. Witnesses reported seeing youths playing with fireworks, according to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The fire in woods near the Higgins Power Plant stayed clear of homes. Up to 60 acres may have been scorched, officials said. No one was hurt, and there were no evacuations. Authorities ask anyone with information to call (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.