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Motorcyclist dies in wreck on I-275 near SR 60

TAMPA

Motorcyclist dies in wreck on I-275 near SR 60

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed in an accident along Interstate 275 early Sunday, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported. Terrance Terrell Turner of Tampa died at the scene of the 12:25 a.m. accident on southbound I-275, south of State Road 60. Troopers said that Turner was traveling "at an extremely high rate of speed" on I-275 as he approached a slower vehicle and tried to avoid hitting the car. As Turner began to brake, he lost control of his 2005 Honda motorcycle and slid under the 1995 Toyota Camry he was trying to avoid. The impact caused the Camry's driver, 35-year-old Jose Luis Pineda Cortez of Tampa, to lose control before striking a median barrier wall. Pineda Cortez was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries.

ORLANDO

Vigil for missing girl is canceled

The family of a missing Florida girl says they have had to cancel a prayer vigil for the toddler to ensure their safety. Three-year-old Caylee Anthony has been missing since June. The case has spiraled into a national media phenomenon and has attracted protesters who think the girl's 22-year-old mother, Casey Anthony, killed her and that her grandparents, Cindy and George Anthony, are covering it up. The family has had confrontations with demonstrators in the past week.

MIAMI

'Pink Elephant' arena demolished

Loud booms, puffs of smoke and debris pushed skyward marked the end for the iconic Miami Arena on Sunday. At 8:06 a.m. explosives rigged to the steel trusses were detonated and the roof caved in as planned. Portions of the pink surrounding wall shifted in, too, but the outside remained intact. The rest of the demolition on the arena, once called the city's ''Pink Elephant,'' will come in the next few weeks. Advanced Explosives Demolition, the company responsible for the implosion, spent the days leading up to the implosion rigging the 130 pounds of explosives. The arena opened in 1988. Miami Heat kicked off its inaugural season, and the Florida Panthers hockey team later played there. The University of Miami men's basketball team also played in the arena until 2006. The current owner, Glenn Straub, bought the facility from the city in 2004 for roughly $28-million, about half what the city paid to build it. After more than a year, Straub closed the arena, which couldn't compete with the nearby AmericanAirlines Arena and the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, he said.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.

Electrocuted worker from Fla.

A utility worker killed while repairing wind-damaged lines in Kentucky has been identified as a Florida man. Authorities say 28-year-old Stephen Allen McMath of Vero Beach appears to have died of electrocution, but autopsy results are pending. McMath was a contractor for Advanced Utilities Services of Melbourne. Utilities continued to work Sunday to reconnect those whose power has been out since the remnants of Hurricake Ike blew through with winds gusting up to 75 mph. Kentucky Public Service Commission spokesman Andrew Melnykovych said as of Sunday morning, 43,500 people in Kentucky remained without power.

Times staff, wires

Motorcyclist dies in wreck on I-275 near SR 60 09/21/08 [Last modified: Sunday, September 21, 2008 11:07pm]
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