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New Port Richey police search for SUV driver in fatal hit-run

NEW PORT RICHEY

Police search for SUV driver in hit-run crash

Police are searching for the driver in a hit-and-run accident Saturday night that left a 50-year-old woman dead. Patricia Senkbeil Skibinski was walking home from A Night in the Tropics, a downtown festival, when she injured her ankle, said friend Elizabeth Budinger. Skibinski was trying to flag down a vehicle that she thought was an ambulance, Budinger said, but instead she was hit by a sport utility vehicle that left the scene. The crash happened about 11:20 p.m. on Delaware Avenue, just west of Van Buren Street, according to New Port Richey police. Skibinski, a hairdresser who had a grown daughter, was taken to Community Hospital, where she died. "She helped so many people, and I just don't understand why someone would run someone down and leave and not do anything about it," Budinger said Monday. Witnesses described the vehicle as a black, older-model SUV. Police ask that anyone with information call traffic homicide Investigator Christopher Denton at (727) 841-4550, ext. 306.

PORT RICHEY

Homeless woman's body is identified

A homeless woman found dead near a homeless camp last month was identified Monday as Kimberly Sue Goode, 46, whose driver's license listed her address as 5726 126th Ave. in Clearwater. Goode was identified by her medical and dental records, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Her closest relatives are in Indiana, he said. Her death is still considered suspicious by the Sheriff's Office, which has yet to determine a cause of death, Doll said. Goode's body was found July 20 near the camp, which is behind the USA Fleamarket at U.S. 19 and State Road 52, after deputies received a call about a body in the woods. Goode could have been dead for up to a month, Doll said.

ST. LEO

University chosen as military friendly

Saint Leo University has been named a Military-Friendly School for 2010 by GI Jobs, a magazine for military service members making the transition to civilian life and employment. An advisory board to GI Jobs picked the institutions, which will be featured in the September issue, based on criteria such as convenience of teaching locations to military installations, testing and credit-transfer policies, military tuition rates and the availability of special programs for military students or veterans. The university received a similar honor from Military Times Edge magazine, which ranked Saint Leo as No. 12 on a list of the 50 most popular schools among active-duty personnel using military tuition assistance.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Students get free haircuts at salon

To celebrate its eight-year anniversary, Symmetry Salon & Spa will host the Back to School Event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to provide free haircuts for students. This is for walk-in service only. The salon is at 6625 U.S. 19 in Green Key Plaza. Call (727) 842-4017.

New Port Richey police search for SUV driver in fatal hit-run 08/17/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 17, 2009 9:56pm]
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