Man lies down on SR 60, is run over and killed
A 20-year-old Valrico man died early Sunday after lying down on State Road 60 and being run over by a van, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Troopers said they don't know why Quinn Gilchrist lay down on the road. Shortly before 6 a.m., Gilchrist was eastbound on SR 60 in Hillsborough County when he lost control of his car and spun out in a vegetable field a few hundred feet west of the Polk County line. Troopers said Gilchrist abandoned the vehicle and began walking east along the westbound lanes of SR 60. About a quarter mile into Polk County, Gilchrist lay down on the road. Soon after, he was run over and killed by a van driven by Fortunato Castro-Castro, 57, of Mulberry. Troopers said Castro-Castro didn't realize what he had hit and kept driving until his van became disabled at an intersection. Passers-by blocked the roadway to protect Gilchrist's body until emergency responders arrived.
Dunedin man, 61, is arrested in rape
After offering a woman a ride home early Sunday, a man blindfolded, handcuffed and raped her, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Urben James Braun Jr., 61, of Dunedin is charged with sexual battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment, according to an arrest report. According to the report, here's what happened: Braun offered the woman a ride home about 1 a.m. Sunday. Once she was in his Ford truck, he threatened to kill her. Then he tied her up, handcuffed and blindfolded her, and raped her at an unknown location. Deputies arrested Braun at Bearss Avenue and Zambito Road at 2:45 a.m. He was being held at the Orient Road Jail without bail Sunday night.
Zephyrhills woman is injured in crash
A woman was seriously injured in a single-car accident Sunday morning that shut down an Interstate 4 exit ramp for four hours, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Mary A. Lopez, 28, of Zephyrhills was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries after the car she was riding in lost control and crashed on I-4 near U.S. 301. Troopers said that Heather N. Huffines, 21, of Zephyrhills was driving west on I-4 about 3:30 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle along the U.S. 301 exit ramp and struck a guardrail. The exit remained blocked for at least four hours while troopers, including traffic homicide investigators, responded to the scene. Huffines also was taken to Tampa General with minor injuries, troopers said.
TOWN 'N COUNTRY
Sewage spill taints Sweetwater Creek
More than 200,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Sweetwater Creek in Town 'N Country on Friday after a 20-inch pipeline broke, county officials said. The break, along Comanche Avenue just east of Hanley Avenue, occurred in a section of pipeline that was recently replaced. County officials urged people who live along the creek, which flows south to the Courtney Campbell Parkway area, not to have any contact with the water for the next several days.