SUV driver jailed AFTER fatal accident
The driver of a sport utility vehicle is charged with DUI manslaughter after running a stop sign and colliding with a motorcyclist about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. The motorcyclist, John E. Olsen, 24, of St. Petersburg was declared dead at the scene, the intersection of 34th Avenue and 34th Street N. Police said the driver of the Mercedes SUV, Velimir Cecez, 55, of St. Petersburg was driving east on 34th Avenue when he ran the stop sign at 34th Street about 2:30 a.m. He ran into Olsen's Kawasaki, which was going south on 34th Street, police said. Olsen, who police said was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the bike. Cecez was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries. Police said Cecez was impaired but did not elaborate. Cecez was in the Pinellas County Jail without bail Sunday evening.
TAMPA Man accused of flashing child
A Jacksonville man is accused of exposing himself to a girl in a Tampa bookstore Saturday. Tampa police said Timmothy Isaiah Hall, 41, flashed a 7-year-old girl in the children's section of the Barnes & Noble at 213 N Dale Mabry Highway. He then left the store. A customer, Bryan Alder, later observed Hall in the children's section at a Borders bookstore nearby, Alder told Bay News 9. Alder said he called 911 to notify police at Barnes & Noble "that I had found the gentleman that they were looking for." Hall tried to leave when officers arrived and was stopped with a stun gun, police said. He was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition, a felony, and obstructing an officer without violence. He was being held in a Hillsborough County jail without bail.
TAMPA Train victim may have passed out
The man hit and killed by a freight train in Seffner on Saturday night may have been passed out on the tracks, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Henry Charles Schaffer, 46, died when he was struck by a CSX freight train near Kingsway Road and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about 8:10 p.m., deputies said. The engineer told deputies the train was traveling at 53 mph when he noticed something on the tracks. The engineer blew the horn several times but Schaffer did not react, deputies said.
HUDSON Driver sought in ATV hit-and-run
Authorities are looking for the hit-and-run driver who injured four children riding in an all-terrain vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said Sunday. The accident happened about 1:50 a.m. Saturday. A 2001 Honda ATV was heading south on Hicks Road with four occupants: Jessica Alonso, 12, Mark Cullpepper, 15, Cierra Delorey, 13, and Brandon Knowles, 16. According to the patrol, the ATV pulled into the path of a Ford Ranger traveling west on Denton Avenue. All four ATV riders were thrown from the vehicle and taken to local hospitals. Alonso is listed in stable condition, Cullpepper is in serious, Delorey is in stable but serious and Knowles is in critical condition, the patrol said.