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Inverness man charged with DUI manslaughter after passenger dies from crash

FLORAL CITY

Man charged after passenger dies from crash

An Inverness man was charged with DUI manslaughter Sunday after a passenger died when his pickup truck overturned, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Steven M. Dickson, 62, was driving on County Road 48 near Istachatta Road on Thursday night when he swerved to avoid an animal in the road, the patrol said. But he lost control of the Chevrolet SSR and it went on the shoulder and overturned. Both he and his passenger, Deborah A. Dickson, 62, of Floral City were ejected. The patrol said that Steven Dickson's blood-alcohol level was 0.155, or nearly twice the legal limit. Deborah Dickson was transported to Tampa General Hospital. She died there, the patrol said Sunday.

PLANT CITY

Cars wrecked and shooting follows

Deputies are investigating a shooting that followed a traffic crash Sunday afternoon near Medulla and Frank Moore roads, sending one person to the hospital. A man fired a gun through the windshield of a car after a crash at the intersection, striking a woman in the leg, said Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway. She was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. "Apparently there was some confrontation somewhere else and it ended with this accident," Callaway said. "It looks like it could be related to gang activity." Deputies detained three people. None was being cooperative, he said. An investigation of the incident is ongoing.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Nature Coast Bridge Club: Open games for all skill levels, 12:30 p.m., Hernando County Senior Citizens Club, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill. (352) 556-3892 or (352) 597-5221.

PASCO COUNTY

Ed Salmon's String Band: 4-8:30 p.m., Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Includes sandwich, doughnut and coffee for $3. (727) 863-2520.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council, 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

Inverness man charged with DUI manslaughter after passenger dies from crash 05/15/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:43pm]
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