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Man killed, two others hurt in morning crash in Tampa

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Man killed, two others hurt in morning crash

A man was killed and two others were injured in a crash on Gunn Highway north of Copeland Road about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A 2003 Pontiac Grand Am crossed into the southbound lane, where it hit a 2008 Infiniti, according to sheriff's officials. A passenger in the Pontiac, identified only as Cody Porter, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and pronounced dead at 4 p.m. The Pontiac's driver, Ashleigh Gordon, 18, of New Port Richey, lost control of the car while negotiating a left-hand curve, authorities said. Gordon, who was not wearing a seat belt, was listed in stable condition at St. Joseph's. The driver of the Infiniti, Donald Watts of New Port Richey, was also listed in stable condition at St. Joseph's.

BROOKSVILLE

Driver dies after ejection from car

The driver of a 1997 Honda Civic lost control of his car Saturday night and crashed, resulting in his death, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver, Jeremy M. McDonald, 29, of Dade City, was the only person in the vehicle. The patrol said his car overturned and he was ejected. He wasn't wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the patrol. McDonald was traveling south on County Road 484, also known as Mondon Hill Road, about 9 p.m. when the crash occurred just west of the Hill 'n Dale community east of Brooksville.

ST. PETERSBURG

Missing woman found along U.S. 19

A flashing roadway sign led to the rescue of a missing 84-year-old woman with dementia Sunday. Gisela Petrovic of St. Petersburg was found driving on U.S. 19 through Dunedin about 8:45 a.m. Another driver, Martha Gruber, spotted Petrovic after seeing a sign alerting people to be on the lookout for the woman who was last seen in her Toyota. St. Petersburg police had issued a "Silver Alert" after Petrovic disappeared from her home about 3:30 a.m. Gruber saw the car southbound on U.S. 19 at Republic Drive, called deputies and continued to follow it, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies stopped Petrovic on Alt. U.S. 19. Authorities said she was in good health but confused. Deputies contacted her family, who came to take her home.

TAMPA

Police arrest man after hit-run crash

A hit-and-run driver briefly eluded authorities but was captured just two blocks from the crash early Sunday, police said. The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. at Zack Street and Florida Avenue. A Hyundai Elantra driven by Elijah S. Nottingham, 22, of Wesley Chapel was going north on Florida Avenue when it ran a red light at the intersection with Zack, police said. A Dodge Avenger driven by Mark Rambaran, 24, of Tampa was heading east on Zack and was struck. The Dodge flipped over and the Hyundai hit a tree. Nottingham pulled Rambaran from the wreckage, police said, but then he ran away. Nottingham was caught and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and driving under the influence, police said. He was being held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail. Rambaran was hospitalized in serious condition.

Man killed, two others hurt in morning crash in Tampa 12/05/10 [Last modified: Sunday, December 5, 2010 11:45pm]
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