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Motorcyclist dies in Tampa accident

TAMPA — A motorcycle driver died early Sunday after losing control at Kennedy Boulevard and Brevard Avenue near downtown Tampa, according to Tampa police. Police said the accident happened around 5:45 a.m. after 26-year-old Larry L. Baker failed to navigate a curve and hit a sidewalk curb. Baker, of 8008 N Lynn Ave. in Tampa, was wearing a helmet and was thrown into a wall near the intersection. He died at the scene. The crash caused roadblocks on Kennedy Boulevard for a few hours.

Deputies: Help us find missing man

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in locating a mentally challenged man who disappeared in Brandon. Cephas Wilson, 52, was last seen Saturday morning at his home at the Brookside Manor Apartments at 3401 Magenta Way. He has wandered away from home in the past, the Sheriff's Office said. Wilson is described as a white, about 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds, with brown hair and a grayish beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap. His sister said he is likely to be found pushing a woman's bicycle and carrying a teddy bear. Anyone with information should call deputies at (813) 247-8200.

HUDSON

Girl, 4, drowns in community pool

A 4-year-old girl drowned in a mobile home park community swimming pool Sunday evening, Pasco sheriff's officials said. The child was pulled out of the pool at Forest Green Mobile Home Park at about 7:40 p.m. and was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, said Doug Tobin, a sheriff's spokesman. Tobin said authorities were still investigating.

RUSKIN

Two hospitalized after hit-and-run

A pickup driver was in serious condition and a female passenger was in critical condition Sunday after another pickup driver struck them from behind Saturday night on Interstate 75 and left the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said. John F. Suppa, 52, of Sarasota was driving his Toyota Tacoma south on the interstate just outside Sun City Center when he changed lanes and struck the right rear bumper of another Tacoma driven by Ramey Saleh, 35. Saleh's truck spun out of control and flipped, coming to rest on its wheels on the west side of the road. Saleh and 59-year-old Lora Saleh, both of Nokomis, were taken to Tampa General Hospital.

DAYTON

Flight to Detroit forced to land

A Northwest Airlines plane flying from Tampa to Detroit was forced to make an emergency landing in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon after a computer in one of its engines failed. Six crew members and 182 passengers were aboard Flight 491, which was scheduled to depart from Tampa International Airport just before 10 a.m. but didn't take off until 10:23. The Boeing 757 landed in Dayton as a precautionary measure, according to an Associated Press report, and departed to Detroit on Sunday evening after the problem was fixed.

Motorcyclist dies in Tampa accident 07/20/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2008 3:24pm]
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